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Five2Watch: Ceramics


Axisweb has selected five artworks featuring contemporary artists who work with clay: Lorraine Robson, Rachel Cohen, Georgie Manly, Alana Tyson and Helen Robertson


Pod Pots, 2012

Lorraine Robson

Hand-built unique pinch pots. Diamond polished black clay with glazed interiors.

Currently available in Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow

Lorraine Robson

Vessels, 2012-2015

Rachel Cohen

a fleet of small, clay boats

initially made for Hastings Museum (see re-Discoveries)

expanded and re-arranged in a series of installations at Newhaven Fort

now seeking new adventures overseas, perhaps as a war memorial

they are empty vessels that can be filled, literally and metaphorically

sometimes they are not boats, they become shells or shoes, cradles or tombs

Rachel Cohen

Ceramics 1, 2016

Georgie Manly

extruded

Georgie Manly

'my stone', 2015

Helen Robertson

‘my stone’ emphasizes the horizontal plane. Here a still photograph brings an inert object and a living body into the same durational space. A large clay object rests on a woman’s prone body; a seemingly absurd event held in suspension within the photographic image.

Helen Robertson

Best Laid Plans, 2013

Alana Tyson

Best Laid Plans, as the title suggests, is about making plans in life. One year ago my sister was diagnosed with a brain tumour. All of the plans I had made in my life, and likewise for her and the rest of my family, instantly became obsolete. It made me feel the futility of making grand plans but as the year progressed I came to understand that this realisation would not stop me from continuing to do so. In this performance I used a set of playing cards to build a tower on the gallery floor, using the method my father taught me as a child. During the performance the house of cards collapses, revealing that the cards are made of porcelain. Some of the cards shatter in the fall but I continue to build my tower until I have used or broken all 52 cards.

Alana Tyson


Published 08 December 2017

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