Soda & Ice was
Gallery in Newton, Sydney between the 7th and 25th May 2010.
Soda-firer Maryke Henderson was the 'Soda' part of the exhibition while
my Cool Ice porcelain works provided the 'Ice' component.
Still life paintings
typically feature commonplace objects of varying size, shape and
texture. They might be vessels, vases, flowers, food or other natural
objects, even books. Still life artists have great scope in the way that
they can arrange the elements of their compositions. For Soda & Ice I
decided to take inspiration from still life paintings and explore
groupings of different ceramic forms.
With a few exceptions,
ceramic groupings that I’d previously exhibited had consisted of pieces
with the same shape and finish. In borrowing from the still life concept
I wanted to explore how my different forms could work together to create a
whole. As interesting as this was, it was still important to me that each
component within a group be strong enough to work as an individual piece
and not depend for its existence on its juxtaposition with other
components of the group.
When all's said and done,
the exhibits displayed were the kind of functional ceramic wares that I
enjoy making – simple forms with a simple colour palette.