Final preparations are being done for the open studio weekend, March 28th and 29th 2015. I have many new ceramic items including more of my 'damaged suits' which sold out last year. This time as well as the smoked fired suits with beautiful browns and greys there are pure white high temperature suits which I'm very happy with. Here are some images below including new 'shrunken stone cuddly toys'. These are a new thing too which I very happy with, again high fired so they are incredibly strong and glassy.
There is a chance to visit me in south London on the weekend of March 28th and 29th of March 2015. This is part of the Telegraph Hill Festival and on that weekend there are 35 venues taking part in the Open Studios. You can see a large amount of my work which includes lots of recent new monotypes and ceramics. Check out the Festival website for full details and for a map of other venues to visit on your way to me. http://telegraphhillfestival.org.uk/open-studios/ You might like to come and meet our house guest Bosci....who now has his own blog (see my sidebar) and will be selling some of his own produce
I've been making a lot of monotypes recently. I use a particularly responsive etching ink called noir vignette made by Charbonnel. The small ones here are printed at home on my tiny little intaglio proofing press. I love this process. It combines just the right balance of (some sort of) control over the materials with a large element of chance and randomness. These prints are a few from a large series of things 'caught in the headlights'. I'v added a new link to the sidebar here on this blog. The link is to Bosci's blog. Bosci is our long-term house-guest animal friend. Bosci has lived here ever since being ejected from display in Nunhead cemetery some years ago now. Use the search tool to find older posts about him but most of all, please visit his site and even make a comment or two.
I am in the early stages of beginning to prepare for another Open Studio at the end of March. For those of you who live in London, its a great chance to come and visit and see much more of my work. Put the dates in your diaries; The weekend of March 28th and 29th from 11am to 6pm. This is part of a much larger local Festival in Telegraph Hill, South London. During that weekend there are many other artists studios to visit at the same time.
As well as quite a lot of new 2D printing work I shall be displaying and selling some of my new ceramic sculptures at our Open studio this coming weekend (see below). These are a series of porcelain suited figures... all in various degrees of destruction or distress. I have found ways of creating interesting smoke fired colouration effects on the surfaces of these clay figures. These pieces are made to hang on the wall.
Coming on the weekend of 5th and 6th of April you have an opportunity to visit our house in South London to see my work in the flesh, and meet me and family who are showing their work too. There are lots of other local artists also taking part that weekend. Check the internet for a map http://www.telegraphhillfestival.org.uk/742351710796.htm
In case you didn't get to see our Lighthouses show-reel last week I'm posting some of my short films here. This is the first time this idea has been part of New Cross and Deptford's ongoing , ever-expanding free film festival. The event involves people showing films of any sort projected onto screens in their front windows. Our show-reel was a repeating loop with seven short experimental films lasting around 13 minutes in total. Large crowds wandered the streets on Thursday 2nd May 2013 and the event was well received by all. Next year I'm sure there will be even more houses participating so watch out.
Prompted by the prospect of exhibiting work in the group show mentioned in the post below, I have been making fresh prints. I am posting images of these over the next few days. This print is topical in that it deals with something recently in the news. I read about and became intrigued to learn of the phenomenon of strange effects that non-human based parasites can induce when ingested by humans. In this case the ingested entity is toxoplasma gondii and the fact that it seems to influence the behaviour of its human hosts in subtle and peculiar ways,,,and interestingly affects males and females in different ways.
Theres a chance to come and meet Bosci, the character who caused all the fuss, this coming weekend Sept. 7th to 9th 2012 in Nunhead but this time not in the Chapel. As part of Nunhead Open 9 exhibition in the Old Community Centre, slightly hidden away just
after the shops, opposite the big willow tree, at 56 Nunhead Lane
just before the corner of Nunhead Lane and Linden Grove. SE15 3TU
This weekend only, inc. Friday...Sept. 7th to 9th 12noon to 5pm
daily...all welcome to the PV friday 6 to 8 pm.
Theres a soundtrack to go along with this and the other experimental films here. Best listened to with headphones and thanks to Swin Deorin whose sounds I have used from his downloads at "Internet Archive".
The Telegraph Hill Festival Open studio weekend was about a month ago now and I met some people who know my work via the blog here. At times it was quite manically busy. Thanks to all those who came and especially to those who left nice comments or bought some work. Here's a new item, a little video..rather crude and poor quality here on the blog but you can tell me what you think by leaving a comment below.
for two or so weeks this year culminating in the artists' Open Studios. I have taken part in this ever since we moved to the area and enjoy the opportunity to open up the house for visitors to come and see my work and working space close up. This year the Open Studios are on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April, 2-6pm and there is a link to the map on the page mentioned above; or just click on the second here.
come and visit...I look forward to meeting you I'll be selling my prints, paintings and ceramic sculptures. This clay figure here is an example of some of my work and this one here has interchangeable heads.
I have been asked about the glazing finish on the clay suited figures I have been posting images of. There is in fact no glaze involved but what I love using is a saggar. A saggar is a heavy clay tomb like box that can be used to create a kiln within a kiln. Originally saggars were used to cleanly fire precious clayware in coal-fired kilns where the heated atmosphere would have been full of nasty contaminants. Each glazed bisqued piece was carefully sealed inside its own saggar and these were stacked inside the kiln keeping their micro-environment hot but clean. I use the saggar in exactly he opposite way by sealing in contaminants with the piece being fired. I have experimented with packaging the figures with all sorts of things such as wood, bones, metal, coal, shells in fact anything is worth trying.
The saggar is loaded up and sealed tight with clay and fired.
Then opened to reveal interesting colouration and effects.