Porcelain Sculpture

Small 2 3/4″ Porcelain Sculpture

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Visit To Spode

Visit to Stoke museum and Spode Gallery.

Visiting Stoke leaves me with a great sadness. The once power house of industrial ceramics reduced to a pittance of its former self. I guess you have to remain positive seeing the existing manufacturers and the contemporary ceramists. However, I can’t help but feel the lack of creative management and lack of imagination contributed to Stokes’ demise. Here lies a debate that could go on and on.

Instead I’ll leave you with a few links that tell their own story.













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Shigekazu Nagae

Shigekazu Nagae is a leading pioneer of porcelain slipcasting techniques in Japan. Casting is commonly associated with mass-produced porcelain, yet Nagae transcends this stereotype to create abstract works that are emancipated from the creative restrictions imposed by functionality. His latest works are the culmination of his extensive experiments into the qualities of clay and fire. Liquid porcelain is first slip-cast into two different moulds. After drying and bisque-firing, the separate pieces are hung mid-air within Nagae’s kiln and attached together with glaze. The natural curvatures and silhouettes are a result of the natural kiln effects that serendipitously drape and taper the porcelain into organic sheets.


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karen Hilliard


As part of the course requirements we are to record our research and communication with other artists/ practitioners, demonstrating our independent form of enquiry and awareness.

In relation to my own area of interest and development, i recently contacted Karen Hilliard from Gloucestershire.

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Clair Norcross Lighting Designer

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Claire Norcross is an award-winning designer specialising in lighting, visits Preston University 28th Jan 2011

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Sculpting of Gorilla’s Eyes

 Having completed the two-part mould I can now start to experiment and play around with different clays, materials and  forms of displaying the sculpture.
 Some of the thoughts and ideas are as follows.
  • Gorilla’s eyes to be displayed in a fragmented form, emphasising the decline and break up of their family groups.
  • Black basalt body, slip cast.
  • Using  the plaster mould to create individual sections.
  • Uniformly the same size and dimensions but different coloured clays and aggregates.




 Is it me or do these bl**dy blogs have their own mind? now been on this page for hours.


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