Paul Wearing

Material: Ceramics | Location: Wales
I engage with the relationship between nature and culture through the glazed surface and form of coil-built vessels. The vessel is a great symbol of civilisation and echoes the man-made and structural environment in which I live. In contrast to this, naturally occurring textures found within urban and rural environments perpetually interact and alter this order. Surfaces have undergone energetic change and transformation through forces of growth and decay, and it is these moments which affirm life.

The vessels are formed by press-moulding the base and coiling the walls; allowing me constant flexibility and control. Certain marks and textures revealing the making process remain as a ground for the glazing.

My treatment of the glazed surface renders evidence of brush marks and chemical reactions. Glazing is a lively activity and the surface is transformed through the accumulated layers of slips and glazes.

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