Every ceramic patchwork piece made represents a unique journey of discovery, responding to material properties and working with pathways of breakage that have not been controlled. Stitch becomes the scaffold that wraps and rejoins individual fragments. Working intuitively and pulling from a palette of textiles: pattern juxtapositions, colour nuances, fibre qualities and woven structures, combine to create a rich surface quality – a textile glaze. Missing fragments and chips create an imperfect landscape that is all the more interesting for its irregularities.
Taking shape slowly, the personality of the piece emerges and is strengthened with each fragment added. The sudden force that initially led to destruction becomes balanced by the slow act of hand-stitched mending, resulting in a new reincarnation. The finished vessel sits somewhere between whole and broken – a structure in fragile state.
Ceramic patchwork references the Japanese art of ‘Kintsugi’, reviving and honouring the misfortune of vessels that have already accrued a rich history. Celadon, exhibited by Contemporary Applied Arts at COLLECT 2017, is inspired by the serene beauty of ancient Korean ceramics.
Contemporary Applied Arts COLLECT 17
Aleatory: Relating to or denoting music or other forms of art involving elements of random choice, during their composition, production or performance.
Vicky Ambery-Smith – Metal
Fred Baier – furniture
Zoë Hillyard – textiles
Gabriele Koch – ceramics
Jacqueline Mina – jewellery
Sue Paraskeva – ceramics
Liam Reeves – glass
Adi Toch- metal