2014 - hello there! It's been an exciting start for me with news that some of my ceramic work will be included in an exhibition at the Midlands Art Centre in Birmingham.
The exhibition, Made at Mac, will take place in May of this year and has as its theme 'Natural Inspiration'.
This has come as a new juncture for my work, and has challenged me to embrace a more organic style by using nature as the stimulus for a new range. Which leads me to my title - 'Who's your muse?' Or equally one could ask what is your muse?
I'm taking inspiration from Ernest Haeckel, a German naturalist and biologist from the 1800s who did the most fantastic illustrations of micro-organisms, as there was already some synergy with these drawings and the rhythmic carving of holes in a number of my pieces (see first illustration below and my three un-fired vessels).
"Nature has created an inexhaustible wealth of wondrous forms whose beauty and diversity way exceed anything that has been created by man." Haeckel, 1899
As I have started to study his works more, I am seeing even more possibilities of how his drawings could be incorporated into a wonderful range of lighting, incorporating the piercing technique.
I've also been looking at normal scale sea-creatures, and have been been studying the beauty and fragility of sea-urchins to see if I can capture their delicate essence in my work to create a sweet tea-light. This may even be the basis for the new lighting range. (see pic below of un-fired piece) I can't wait to find out.
Today I was listening to my capoeira music whilst piercing my pot, and felt that the music was influencing the rhythm of the markings. And earlier today, I had the fortune to be hanging out the talented illustrator and print-maker, Emma Hardicker in her studio, who mentioned that human contact provides her with a great stimulus to make. I feel very fortunate to know so many creative friends, I won't list them now, but they are so important to the creative process and I am indebted to them.
So what inspires you when you're making or doing any creative process? Is it music? A view? A person? A theme? I'd love to hear from you....