Saturday, November 6, 2010

New Work: Mitosis

So the original idea for this work was to make a triptych which turned into a series of four. The second piece I made unfortunately broke as I was cleaning it, it wasn't meant to be (as my mentor always says). I remade it and then made a third piece and decided it needed a fourth piece to complete the group. I've titled this work 'Mitosis', which means cell division. I think it's quite obvious why :)

I really enjoyed making these. Each 'layer' of porcelain is achieved by rolling out paper thin strips of clay and carefully folding and laying them onto the previous strip and porcelain base of the piece. Only the bottom portion of the strip is cross-hatched, slipped and attached the previous layer. Enabling me to achieve the ruffled and slightly distressed edge.

This work can be seen at the 'In Bloom' exhibition, opening on the 16 November at Casa Labia in Muizenburg, Cape Town. So if you're in the area, why don't you pop in and have a look at the show.

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