11 Jul 2012
The way I craft my ceramics is slow. It is very important to me that the final forms and surfaces reveal or hint of the hand and process that was used to make them.
I have written before about the way I try and ‘weave’ meaning into my work and I see an aspect of that as being the physical act of hand making. Clay is a material that sets its own tempo. There have been some fantastic innovations in ceramic production and manufacturing that ‘speed-up’ aspects of the ceramic process but essentially the material hasn’t changed – it starts off wet and malleable and ends up dry and hard.
As maker interested in the slow, crafted aspects of ceramics I am quite interested in the growing Slow Movement which advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down the pace of life. Aspects of this philosophy have existed in some form since the Industrial Revolution. However, its popularity has grown considerably since the rise of the Slow Food Movement which began with Carlo Petrini’s protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in 1986.
Australian Ceramics Triennale
I am working on a paper for the Australian Ceramics Triennale being held in Adelaide in late September 2012 which will considers how contemporary ceramics might align with values supported by the Slow Movement.