A lot has happened in the last few years. The short story is that we’ve moved from a city to a stunningly beautiful rural area, and for the past 3 years have been living in a shed along with a zillion boxes containing all our worldly possessions. Thankfully the new house is almost complete and life may soon feel normal again. I have a large sunny studio that is gradually becoming more and more organised.
I spend a lot of time thinking and mulling over my inspirations and making processes. I still make textile related objects with a feldspathic glaze but have wandered off track a little and have been playing with slip as well. This allows for a wider variety of forms. I played with several patterns, both knitted and crocheted, as well as different slips of varying consistencies.
I now use Southern Ice clay because it’s the whitest I’ve found so far and I soak the knitted pieces in a thick slurry for several hours or overnight. I prefer a plain stocking stitch pattern as it gives the smoothest surface on the fired object. After saturating in slurry I fill the forms with cling wrap or shopping bags so that I can mould them to the desired shape and then leave to dry. The knit together series evolved from observing the small forms I made for testing. They were of slightly varying sizes but essentially closely connected and took on a life of their when arranged in groups.
Another thread using this process is the stitch by stitch series. This project had been sitting idle for a few years but wouldn’t go away. I had previously slipcast what I called stitch elements to use in a large scale installation but never quite finished. However, when I realised that I could use the stitch forms with knitting and clay I got excited about it all over again.