My solo exhibition 'FRESH lines' marks the culmination of my four week residency and highlights ten of the vessel forms I have made since I arrived here. It includes, to my great relief, a successful hybrid vessel nearly a metre tall. It is a very striking piece and I hope to produce similar forms as my commission for the British Ceramics Biennial in 2017.
Arranging this whole display has been a wonderful experience. Using bricks that have been handmade and smoke-fired here at the centre to literally support elements of my work seems particularly fitting. Putting together the exhibition also provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on my time at Guldagergaard. As I work out final placements and admire my artist’s statement written (but not by me) in fluent Danish, I think back on how much I’ve learned and developed in only four weeks.
I’m surrounded by all my new Guldagergaard friends as we celebrate the opening of 'FRESH Lines', it feels the perfect way to underline and conclude what has been a truly memorable experience.
This latest update comes from my gloriously sunny studio space as I sit surrounded by drying work. On Friday I will fire a 1000 litre kiln that contains my newest large vessel form (nearly one metre tall), two large bowls and numerous smaller pieces packed into the corners and gaps. I’m so pleased with the work I’ve made here and will be keeping my fingers crossed that my upscaled forms survive this first firing unscathed.
In addition to the technical demands, I have found that working at this larger scale has been a real logisitical challenge. The simple processes of filling and draining moulds, moving work around and other elements that I usually do without thinking, now need to be planned and considered. The new mould requires two people to lift it and the casting slip needed fills a barrel. When my latest print vessel was removed from the mould it took five of us working in formation! Fortunately Guldagergaard is just the place for this type of teamwork, with skilled staff and helful resident artists on hand at these crucial moments.
My solo exhibition at the Guldagergaard gallery space opens on Thursday the 12th May. My preparations have been interspersed with an exploration through the wonderful studio ceramics collection held here. I’m so looking forward to seeing my finished pieces in this space and to marking properly the end of this fantastic residency programme.