Clear out the kiln room! Believe it or not, there is a very nice, quite large, Potterycrafts top-loader electric kiln behind all the junk. This is what happens when you don't use a space for a while, then clear out the house! It would be great to be able to see it again, and exciting to begin new work ...
This is a selection of the work I was making in 2009-2010. It really has been that long since I last made any ceramics. Five years have passed during which I have taken my drawing into new territories, pursuing different directions and developing ideas I didn't even know were lurking in my head.
Back then, my work-flow and invention in making ceramics were streets ahead of other aspects of my work. My drawing and painting would get stuck, whereas in ceramics I could continue indefinitely. The work fed off itself and one thing led to another. Why did I stop? ... time constraints, two day-jobs, lack of money - the usual. I also felt I had a long way to go with developing my drawing, clarifying my position, and that required focus.
There is work to be done on the kiln; the ceramic blanket on the lid needs replacing and it needs a complete new set of elements. Doubtless we will discover more (such as mouse-nibbled cables) when we finally uncover the kiln and give it a thorough inspection, but once it is up and running I will be producing again!
I will pick up where I left off, but I am excited by the prospect of bringing new ideas to the table gleaned over the last 5 years. I know I definitely want to explore colour more than I did previously, plus new forms and textures using the wonderful material of clay.
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Heather Eliza Walker
Artist in Edinburgh, Scotland
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