Finch Bowl, White | By Jo Davies
Wheel-thrown porcelain with a satin white crackle glaze
Approx. H. 4 x dia. 7 cm
They were originally designed as salt and pepper pinchers for the table but can also be used as sauce pots or containers for keepsakes and jewellery.
About the Artist
'I believe in Making as a vehicle for expression, for the articulation of thoughts that cannot be expressed through language. I discovered this about clay when I was a teenager and knew that it would become a big part of my life quite quickly. A few years later my training in ceramics took me to Bath School of Art and Design, to do a pure Ceramics degree – where I learnt the craftsmanship required to bring my ideas to fruition through gradual, methodical instruction from many leading practitioners. When I moved on to take my Masters at the Royal College of Art the skills I already had were deepened and stretched in this intensive environment.
'Since that time I have worked with private clients, companies and institutions at home and abroad - such as Heals, The National Portrait Gallery, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Trust and The Cheongju International Craft Competition in South Korea.
'For the last 10 years I have specialised in wheel-throwing porcelain. Porcelain objects are renowned for their beauty and delicacy but, as a maker, it is an amazing material to work with because of its elastic and fluid feel as a clay. These material qualities lend themselves to methods of making not possible with other clays; whilst its qualities after kiln-firing, such as translucency, allow it to glow in strong light.
'All my work is wheel-thrown by me at the studio - the skills needed to work with porcelain in this way are acquired over years so I am the only person able to make my work. From the smallest cup to a large, unique vessel, every wheel-thrown object I make is always an individual item. Each object acts as a reflection of the shape of my hands as well as my intentions as a ceramic designer.'
Jo Davies work from The Chocolate Factory Studios in East London. Her award-winning work has been exhibited internationally.
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