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Materials: Stoneware; China clay and Devon ball clay
Method: Hand built; modelled and carved
Crafted by esteemed ceramicist Paul Philp, this sublime vessel is handmade using three layers of white slip, such as China clay and Devon ball clay. With emphasis placed on material and form, Philp created this remarkable series that was influenced by Modernism and Art Deco architectural design styles. Adopting his own ideas to these movements, he developed an innovative body of work which encompasses his impressive research and masterly hand.
Using multiple high temperature firings allows for thin layers of material to be applied to the stoneware surface throughout the entire making process. The first is fired at 1000°C to harden the material, followed by a second or third at 1260°C.
This piece has an intriguing shape and a distinct quality that reflects Philp's practice and echo’s his historical references. Experimenting with cobalt and iron enables him to pay careful attention to colour and tone. The sharp, precise lines reflect this process. This vessel has two dramatically painted black sides that mirror one another and complement the unique curved edge.
About the Artist
Paul has been working with clay for over forty years and over that time has experimented with a variety of materials and techniques, some of which have never been tried before. This has resulted in equal measures of delight and frustration as some attempts work and others fail. It’s not an easy task especially as each of his pieces face, what he calls an “unknown future”, as various “breakdowns” (unpredictable cracks and fissures) occur as they are fired multiple times in the kiln. However, this is all part of Paul Philp’s unique creative process. It’s very important to him that each of his pieces develop into something that have their own individual character and identity. He wants them to have a life beyond him and soon after he starts to create them, they should continue on a journey of their own. We are attracted to this idea and hope that as owners and inheritors of his pieces that they will continue their journey in our own homes and beyond.