Family

The submitted work, completed during the year 2016-17, is a methodological and conceptual departure from my previous slabwork. This recent work is made using the ancient technique of coiling, fired to stoneware temperature. These are sculptural pieces, not created to be functional, although they would hold dry grasses, for example.

The collection of nine vessels is inspired by the Bologna painter Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964). In his still life paintings Morandi groups together tall bottle-like vessel. Much as in a family each element relates to one another: sometimes there are spaces between the vessels/members and sometimes they overlap.

In my current work there is a similar philosophy: that the pots, displayed as a collection, have more to communicate than they would singly. But the way that they relate to one another will vary according to the eye of the viewer. Thus viewers are encouraged to try out their own selections – for example trios – so that the act of acquiring the work is as creative as their making has been.

Each vessel, around 30 cms high, is simply decorated with coloured slip in a narrow range of earth colours: greys, cream and pale spice. These are pared-down forms, created with the human body in mind, although they are not age or gender-specific: they expand from a narrow base and back into a waist before moving out again and then back to a small round opening, finished at an angle of about 15 degrees. Despite their identical and very basic beginnings – essentially a pinch pot – each takes on a life of its own and thus has a unique form. They look similar but they are not – as in a family.

Only two or three coils are added at a time. From inception to completion, each vessel takes about two months.

Judith Glover lives and works in York, UK.