Something I keep asking myself, is where do I want to go with ceramics. Looking at the images in the Manly Art Gallery Collection, it strikes me that I’d like to be a collected artist. I’m not fond of the spotlight and so I have no current ambition for being a solo artist, but I very much enjoy being part of group exhibitions. I feel privileged to have had my work acquired by the TAFE Institute and the Gold Coast City Art Gallery collection.
I would like my technique of working with clay to be seen by a wider audience and one way to do that would be to enter overseas competitions. To be part of a contemporary Japanese ceramic exhibition would probably be my ultimate goal. I have great admiration for the work of Mariko Shibata and Yasuko Sakurai, both of whom share my interest in light, shadow and textures.
Like Anne Maria Plevier (see her earlier post) I am not very good with words, especially written, and struggle to express myself so I do not feel I am doing this blog justice. I too am a visual person who is drawn first to images then I may read the accompanying words. Perhaps as artists we all do this.
Here are some photos of my new Batik work. I am playing with different strengths of manganese to highlight and enhance the texture, while not wanting to lose the translucency of the clay.