Chatting Raku Figures, 1990


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I enjoyed making these little figures which could be arranged in groups as if chatting to each other.

There was a long period while I was working full-time when I stopped painting and turned to ceramics. I was living in Birmingham at the time and the Midland Arts Centre was an amazing place to learn – there aren’t many places where there is the opportunity to raku fire pots. The pot is put into a reduction chamber kiln and taken out when still hot (approx. 1000 degrees) then plunged into water. The cold water halts the firing process.
Despite being technically demanding at times, it felt a more forgiving medium than painting at the time.