Thursday, 4 August 2011

Josephine Pittman

I thought I would share with you what I have been working on lately. I just finished “making” yesterday. Now the part where you sit back - pray in the drying no cracks decide to come to the party.
Its handbuilt and although it is quite similar to the sculptural forms I usually make- it is quite a jump technically. This is a lot larger than I usually work. Im still using Cool Ice porcelain, but Ive had to change the way I build. Im really excited! Its been a long time since Ive made anything over 30cm h.
We were asked who has inspired us as artists and in our work. While I was making this form I really took time out to think about this question. For me I would have to say it was an artist who had a huge impact on ceramics here in Western Australia, Joan Campbell. Sadly Joan died in 1997, but I was fortunate to see her last exhibition “Crescendo”. I was in 2nd year Studio Ceramics, and her body of work is still clear in my mind – ultimate perfection! Although Joan was incredibly sick at this time we would hear stories of how she was striving for perfection and completion in each piece. Reworking each piece until she was satisfied with the line, detail and glazes. I look at the pieces that were created for Crescendo and although my work will never look like Joan’s I do hope that people will look at my pieces and see an attention to detail and a high standard of completion.

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