“This work is influenced by Japanese arts and culture, in particular the tea ceremony (chado). In the same way as students of chado I have researched both the ceremony and its utensils along with its history, philosophy and aesthetics, which come together as a ‘cultural synthesis’ or shogo bunka.
In these pieces I have interpreted the vessels used in chado, the tea bowl, kettle, tea caddy and fresh and waste water containers, using hand blown and engraved glass rather than the traditional materials of ceramic, lacquer and metal. In doing so I have created ‘Atarashii Chado’ – a New Way of Tea – which contrasts Japan’s traditional arts with my own experience of modern Japan.
Each series of vessels represents a different area of Tokyo to evoke and contrast different areas of the city: the tranquil park of Ueno, the sleek modernity of Ginza, the neon lights of Shinjuku, the Shinto traditions of Meiji Jingu, and the combination of tradition and commercialism of Asakusa. These pieces come together as a personal synthesis of aspects of both tradition and modernity in Japanese culture.”
Image 1 — Atarashii Chado
Image 2 — Asakusa
Image 3 — Shinjuku
Image 4 — Meiji Jingu
Image 5 — Ginza
Image 6 — Ueno
(Photography credit — David Williams)
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Design / Muotoilu
My intention in this ‘Metamorphosis’ series is to create illusions of depth and movement on the surface of ceramic artworks, through the use of different degrees of colour contrast and gradation. Some areas appear to advance away from the surface, and others fade and almost disappear into and beyond it. This creates a visual flux, which is further enhanced by the apparently morphing triangular components that lead our eyes around and beyond the ambiguous space presented to it. Contrast/kontrasti plays a crucial role in manipulating visual effects on a two-dimensional surface, and my intention is to explore and exploit these effects in my porcelain artworks.
‘Metamorphosis One’, hand-painted and printed porcelain, 450mm x 450mm
‘Metamorphosis Two’, hand-painted and printed porcelain, 450mm x 450mm
‘Metamorphosis Three’, hand-painted and printed porcelain, 450mm x 450mm
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Painting / Maalaus