Simon started the course with me eager to experiment with materials and techniques, happy to create a body of work made up of tests, experiments and trial pieces. We talked about his interest in walking and the environment where he walks and he started to make work loosely linked to these ideas. Simon’s partner is a printmaker and his work had many parallels with printmaking (as ceramics does) in terms of methods and process. The pieces he made combined found natural materials such as rust, organic matter and ash with a tight process of limited and directed rolling of these powders into thin base sheets of porcelain.
Mixing oxides with porcelain for initial tests. Experimenting with oxide covered threads.
Rolling thin sheets of porcelain, then rolling in the dry powdered oxide and ash, stretching the porcelain sheet and spreading the powder on the surface creating a sense of movement and direction.
Some quite beautiful results, reminiscent of waves, tracks in sand, undulating landscapes and cloud forms. Simon kept the form of these pieces simple to focus on the surface.
Simon has now moved to Fishguard in Wales and he and Sue are in the process of setting up an artist’s retreat and workshop centre at ‘Penmeiddyn’, where I hope to run some outdoor casting workshops. more information to follow!