This hand-built sculptural vase by artist Nancy Fuller celebrates imperfection. Made with her own stoneware clay blend and kaolin slip, with an anagama firing which is often an exciting process with unexpected results. The work is irregularly formed, with a flat front and back, and rounded sides combining shapes to create an intriguing work. Nancy’s use of clay and firing process results in contrasting rich hues, giving the appearance of a beautifully aged surface. The artist’s confidence in experimenting has allowed her to take risks and make discoveries in her work, such as this wonderful body that is perfectly imperfect.
About the Artist:
Nancy Fuller is Taiwanese by birth and raised in Scotland. After training as a printmaker, she discovered wood-fired ceramics when she returned to Taiwan in 2000 to study Chinese Mandarin.
All of Nancy's pots are fired in her anagama which she was able to design and build herself through the financial support of the Scottish Arts Council. The ancient forms of the Japanese tsubo and kame continue to inspire her, not only visually but also physically. The spatial awareness of the pots that comes through making, carrying and firing them gives them an almost human dimension. Coiling gives softer outlines which change further during the firing process, helping her achieve the natural quality she's looking for. The clay is the starting point for all her work and through her choice of raw materials combined with her firing technique she has developed her own wood-fired aesthetic.