Local Adventures in Ceramics.

I’m working on another project for the next term, and I am to be inspired by the great works of Grayson Perry. He’s a modern british artist of renown and won the Turner prize in 2003, which I actually remember watching on the television. It was probably my first experience with Fine Art, and certainly sparked something, not least because of what he wore!

Anyway, I like to look at materials when I am working on a project, and though I plan to visit London next weekend for more primary research, Plymouth Museum has an excellent collection of Ceramics which I took small to take a look at.



This is a Barbers bowl from London in The early to mid 1700’s. The illustrations on it are just lovely, and something I have really noticed with Grayson Perry’s work is the illustrative nature of it, and the real sense of narrative, that often seems to come from a very Dark place. Using that kind of imagery on a day-to day object like a vase is unobtrusive but meaningful, in a way most can access.







Again, I particularly like these pieces from Holland for their unobtrusive nature, and dainty imagery. I imagine this was not seen as Kitsch in it’s day, as we think of it as purely a modern invention, in fact created by the mass-manufacture of objects such as these. It’s hard though, after visiting a few ancient stately homes, to imagine this being displayed in such an opulent space such as a Bristish Royal’s home.





Stoneware is heavier and different in colour to other Ceramic. and is common in chinese artefacts, being more decorative than decorated, as you can sort-of see from the image (This peice was in a bit of a dark corner). Still a lot of potential, possibly for creating 3-D forms and integrating them into a garment. We do, after all have the facilities at the college, I might be able to use them.


The Bristol Factory of Ceramics actually originally resided in Plymouth, though only for a matter of months.

Plymouth Museum is really a fantastic place, I also very much enjoyed the Women in Art Exhibition, where, unfortunately, no photography was allowed. Believe me though it was worth the (albiet short) trip into town.

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