The surface decoration on this series brings together two elements I’ve been playing with on functional surfaces for years: borders and floral imagery from the garden. On these pieces the flowers float on a dark background while the borders are permitted to creep over the pot, sometimes taking up as much room as the images themselves. In the past, I have used a restrained palate to calm pieces with an abundance of detail. This time I wanted to see how much pattern and colour I could get away with!
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I turned from engineering to ceramics more than a decade ago. Although I live and work in Ottawa, I have strong ties to the Maritimes. Both places furnish natural images that repeat throughout my ceramic work. I spend roughly half of my time teaching and running a community studio and the other half creating my own work. My work consists of functional pieces as well as objects that have a less utilitarian existence.
I have a background in printmaking and painting: as time goes on, both of these interests have more and more influence on my ceramic work. Originally the form of a vessel or an object claimed my attention. Lately, I am pushing these forms to provide surfaces to decorate using sgraffito or underglaze brushwork. More and more often, I find myself extracting figures from the two-dimensional work and giving them leave to express themselves in three-dimensional form.
My Artist Statement - The Night Garden
The inspiration for this work is very literal. The light spilling from the house, or from garden lights, picks out flowers in the garden, painting them with daytime-brilliance in jewel tones, against the dark. Since it was the contrast between the jewel tones and the dark that drew me, the design dispenses with the middle tones of shadows, moving away from the light. This had two effects which were important to me... it dials up the contrast between the flowers and the background and it collapses the depth of the image, making the flowers less naturalistic and more a decorative element, much like the borders. Repetition of the same flowers and shapes also contributes to making the design feel less naturalistic and more decorative.
Jocelyn Jenkins Potteryjocelynjenkins1@gmail.com https://www.jocelynjenkinspottery.ca// Click here to view my OGP Gallery
Long ago I chose to study engineering instead of fine arts. But nothing is carved in stone! Decades later I find myself making ceramics with a passion for the details.
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