"In my work Squall I impose a trompe t’oeil, illusionist effect to push back and deny the volumes of the piece by flattening space to imply a static vision.
The surface is cut with fine scalpel lines of varying density that are then filled in with black iron oxide to create a dense zone of black that masks the ellipses of the rims and edges of the 5 cylinders. At a first glance the group appears as a graduated tonal drawing. This contradicts the actuality of the 5 vessels, placing it within the non-functional realm of art. However, close up, the heavily etched marks and scars in the porcelain surface invite the viewer to explore the vessels, re-establishing the objectness of the group. The jugs and bowls that accompany Squall make use of this same etched line in various intensities as a contour to either emphasis or distort the shapes and forms."
1. w-18cm x h-15.5cm
2. w-12cm x h-15.5cm
3. w-7.5cm x h-15.5cm
4. w-22cm x h-15.5cm
5. w-11cm x h-15.5cm
As all products are handmade sizes and colour may vary slightly.
Renowned potter Nicola Tassie creates well-crafted objects and functional ceramics that enrich daily life. Nicola’s work is a prime example of the crossovers between art and craft; her domestic functional-ware evokes familiarity within the viewer, yet due to her progressive style of construction, they become more than jugs, carafes or bottles, they are elevated into the realm of sculpture. Her forms and surface decoration are enhanced by the unique glazes and hand-etched inlays of lines she uses in her work.
“The play between the volume of the object and its perception is something that has intrigued me throughout my ceramic making. In my work the surface is cut with fine scalpel lines of varying density that are then filled in with black iron oxide to create a dense zone of black that masks the ellipses of the rims and edges of the cylinders.”