Tea at Sea
Tea Set with Teapot, cream and sugar and cookie tray
Nothing is more comforting (to me!) than a pot of tea. When there are friends to share it with, even better. With social distancing and isolation, sometimes it has to be enough that the "friend" comes as decoration on the pot! Just kidding... but comforting rituals mean even more now that we are left to our own devices so often. The forms of the teapot, the cream and sugar set and the cookie tray, as well as the rotund figures of the seals cavorting in the sea, all embrace curves which speak to me of comfort.
Cone 6 porcelaneous clay, with sgraffito through black slip, underglazes and tinted clear glaze.
Tea Pot 5.5 x 8 x 5 inches under 2 lbs
Cookie tray 1.5 x 10 x 10. 2 lbs 6oz
Cream and sugar 3 or 4 tall, about 3" diameter 0.5 lbs each
I enjoy drawing on a ceramic surface, knowing that it will be held and moved around. The casual contact that we have with a mug or a plate, is a dimension that is wholly absent with paintings we hang on walls. Functional ceramics, no matter how decorative, invite you to touch them.
On a three-dimensional form, the placement of the images lets the user choose their own point of view and viewing distance. Encouraging this play, is what makes drawing on ceramic surfaces so interesting to me. I love the idea that I put the piece out there but what it is used for and how it is interpreted are out of my hands... and literally in someone else's.
I live and work in Ontario, but my roots are in the Maritimes. Both places furnish a wealth of natural images that repeat throughout my ceramic work. In the months since March of this year I have found myself turning to images that speak to me of comfort and of freedom. I have had the time to look more closely at my world which has constricted around me, but which still offers images and inspiration that are comforting in uncertain times. At the same time, the ideas of flight and motion are tantalizing. Moths freed from the cocoon, seals and whales in an endless sea…there was never a better time to live vicariously and play with images that are restorative.