Recently I’ve been reflecting on my creative heros old and new. When I went to Art in Clay at Hatfield House in August it reminded me how much I loved other peoples work and enjoyed seeing it in the flesh. My recent large bottles (in the kiln as I type!!) I stepped back from, after an enjoyable making fest, to be reminded me of Ben Brierleys work.
I ve talked a little about imitation before, I am absolutely confident I am not a copier but it does surprise me how you do absorb what is around you. That makes me want to go and put myself in a totally alien environment for a year and see what comes out …. kind of Big Brother for Potters ; )
You ll find some artists in there, my early influences were first travel around Asia as a child and then Art History at Collage at 17. I loved, Tapies, Fontana, Picasso, Miro …. on and on I could go. And then I discovered clay and the possibility of merging the two was very exciting to me!
My first ceramic love was Voulkos, he died when I was at University. He stepped off his wheel, clay on his hands and keeled over … that is my dream senario get out plan.
The first real pot I owned, (a present) came from Beside the Wave Gallery in Falmouth when I was 18, was a John Pollex mug. I loved it so much I kept in wrapped in tissue in the cupboard for about 15 years before I finally started using it!! Of course it broke eventually but that mug really taught me the pleasure of everyday luxury from a beautiful warm handmade delight.
I only discovered Simon Carroll a few years back when he had an amazing exhibition in Tate St.Ives. What a back drop!?? I am curious that his pots are so loose but his sand drawing were very precise….
I ll continue working on that board, it s been helpful in reflecting where I want to be heading. I am also a bit sad only one of my heros is a heroine, that is a thing that needs changing!
Talk soon xxL
PS. All images nicked from Pinterest – see my board for credits : )