The Kowansow paintings have taken a little bit of a back seat of late, whilst I've been dedicating my time to some side projects. One such project is the collection of clay vessels I've been working on for a few weeks, which I have now titled 'Difeyth Vessels'.
These ceramic pieces are glazed using material left behind by the Cornish mining industry of the past centuries. Difeyth is the Cornish word for barren, or waste.
I make use of mining waste material as a colourant in glazes that I make from raw ingredients, all mixed by hand in the studio. The minerals colour the work and hark to the rich, Cornish lands that have shaped the history of the region.
The clay vessels themselves are all hand-built using coil, slab and pinch techniques that give them an organic quality in comparison to a smooth vessel that may be thrown on a wheel. They are raw and earthy as a result - they mirror the ground the clay itself has been sourced from and act as a base for the mining waste glazes, which melt into the crevices of the unrefined forms.
I have just received my first batch of glazed pieces back from the kiln and I have lots more vessels that need firing and glazing before hand-in. I'm not yet sure whether they will feature alongside my paintings in the degree show, but either way they are the most definitely the next step in continuing my investigation into natural pigments...