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PRIME NUMBERS EXPLOSION VASE 2017

20cm tall slip cast moulded vases, exposed underglazes and matt glazes.

                 

The geometry of this vase is created by three ovals one above the other.  The smaller, middle oval is turned through 90 degrees and placed about two-thirds of the distance between the ovals at the lip and base of the piece. This creates a shape that cinches in the middle when seen from one side but looks completely straight sided from the other side.

A grid pattern of rhomboids is generated by connecting points on the edges of the ovals so that the size and shape of each rhomboid is determined by the shape of the pot.  The colours that are overlaid on this grid are determined by a sequence of prime numbers which are then linked and wrapped in block colours, depending on the adjacency of each prime number.

 

GENTLE SWIRL VASE 2017

20cm tall slip cast moulded vase, matt glazed.

                            

The geometry of this vase is created by three ovals one above the other.  The smaller, middle oval is turned through 90 degrees and placed about two-thirds of the distance between the ovals at the lip and base of the piece. This creates a shape that cinches in the middle when seen from one side but looks completely straight sided from the other side.

Although there is a structured grid beneath the pattern this is only loosely followed by the painterly, soft colours, to create a gentle swirl that is defined by the geometries of the pot.

 

RURAL SUNSET VASES 1 AND 2 2017

20cm tall slip cast moulded vases, matt glazed.

         

The geometry of these two vases is created by three ovals one above the other. The middle oval is turned through 90 degrees and placed about two-thirds of the distance between the ovals at the lip and base of the piece. This creates a shape that bulges in the middle when seen from one side but cinches from the other – from another angle it looks completely straight sided.

The pattern is generated by joining points on the circumference of one oval to the same points on the next, to create a linear pattern that reflects the shape of the pot.  The colours – inspired by a rural sunset – are mirrored on each pot.

 

BLUE GREY OVAL VASES 1 AND 2 2016

20cm tall slip cast moulded vases, exposed grey underglaze and blue matt glaze.

             

The geometry of these two vases is created by three ovals one above the other. The middle oval is turned through 90 degrees and placed about two-thirds of the distance between the ovals at the lip and base of the piece. This creates a shape that bulges in the middle when seen from one side but cinches from the other – from another angle it looks completely straight sided.

The pattern plays with the inherent movement in this shape and is generated from a series of points on the edges of the ovals to create rows of triangles like arrow heads pointing both up and down that follow the turn of the ovals.

These vases work as a pair.  They are made from the same mould but one has the middle oval nearer the lip while the other has it nearer the base.

 

ZIGZAG OVAL VASE 2016

23x23x10cm slip cast moulded vase, exposed underglazes and matt glazes.

Flat zigzag 3                       Flat zigzag 1 print

This vase is cast from a mould that is oval in plan but circular in elevation.

The framework for the pattern is formed from regular horizontal lines juxtaposed with vertical lines that become more widely spaced the further they are from the centre line of the circle. The interlinked coloured arrowheads set up a horizontal movement that judders as the colours jump vertically on the axis and edges of the circle.

 

BLACK BLUE GREEN OVAL VASES 2016

23x23x10cm slip cast moulded vases, exposed underglazes and matt glazes.

Flat blue black and green pair 1

                           Flat blue black 1 print       Flat blue green 1 print

These two vases are cast from the same mould, oval in plan but circular in elevation. Both have the same grid pattern, which gets larger towards the middle of the flat face, creating a spherical illusion.

The colours explore how the grid can be used to distort perceptions of the shape; one vase appears to bulge in the middle and the other appears concave.

 

HARLEQUIN VASES 1 AND 2 2016

20cm tall slip cast moulded vases, exposed underglazes and matt glazes.

Vase red black pair 1 print

The geometry of these two vases is created by three ovals one above the other. The smaller middle oval is turned through 90 degrees and placed about two-thirds of the distance between the ovals at the lip and base of the piece. This creates a shape that cinches in the middle when seen from one side but looks completely straight sided from the other side.

The pattern plays with the inherent movement in this shape and is generated from a series of points on the edges of the ovals to create a diamond pattern.

These vases work as a pair.  They are made from the same mould but one has the middle oval nearer the lip while the other has it nearer the base.

 

RED GREEN BLUE FLAT OVAL VASE 2015

23x23x10cm slip cast moulded vase, exposed underglazes and matt glazes.

Flat red 3 print                  Flat red 1 print

The sensual curves of this vase are created from a mould that is oval in plan but circular in elevation.

The subtle changes to the colours across the face of the vase explore how horizontal and vertical stripes of differing widths can distort the perceptions of the shape of the vase, which appears to bulge at the edges of its flat faces.

 

OVAL WOVEN VASE 1 2014

30cm tall slip cast moulded vase, exposed underglazes and matt glazes.

Caroline0175 copy          Caroline0169 copy          Caroline0172 copy

……………………….Caroline0177 copy          Caroline0182 copy

These vases are oval at their bases and also at their lips with one oval being almost twice the size of the other.  Each oval is at 90 degrees to the other, which creates a shape that looks triangular from one side but almost straight-sided from the other.   The mould has been designed to create two basic shapes: one with the smaller oval at the base and the other with it at the lip.

The patterns on both these vases are generated from a series of points on the edges of the ovals at the base and at the lip.  On Vase 1, diagonal lines linking the points on the short axis and on the long axis of each oval set the rhythm for a woven pattern of coloured strips of varying width.  The pattern then folds, like a piece of origami, into the inside of the vase.  On Vase 2, straight lines join the points top to bottom and the difference in the size of the ovals then generates a woven pattern of diamonds.

 

OVAL TRIANGLES VASE 1 & 2 2014 – SOLD

30cm tall slip cast moulded vases, exposed underglazes and matt glazes.

Caroline0192 copy          Caroline0194 copy

Caroline0184 copy          Caroline0188 copy

These vases are oval at their bases and also at their lips with one oval being almost twice the size of the other.  Each oval is at 90 degrees to the other, which creates a shape that looks triangular from one side but almost straight-sided from the other.   The mould has been designed to create two basic shapes: one with the smaller oval at the base and the other with it at the lip.

The patterns on these vases generate rows of triangles like arrow heads pointing both up and down.  The point of each upward arrow is aligned with the short axis of the oval, so the pattern follows the turn of the vase through 90 degrees.  The vibrant colours accentuate the direction of the arrows and the swirl of the turning pattern.

 

OVAL BLUE BROWN SPIRAL VASE 1 & 2 2014 – SOLD

30cm tall slip cast moulded vases, exposed brown underglaze and blue matt glaze.

Caroline0157 copy          Caroline0161 copy

Caroline0163 copy          Oval sprial vase

These vases are oval at their bases and also at their lips with one oval being almost twice the size of the other.  Each oval is at 90 degrees to the other, which creates a shape that looks triangular from one side but almost straight-sided from the other.   The mould has been designed to create two basic shapes: one with the smaller oval at the base and the other with it at the lip.

The patterns on these vases explore how a row of horizontal lines, interspersed with a simple undulating line can transform perceptions of the shape of the vase.  The undulating line is centred on the long axis of the oval and so, the pattern appears to move across the face of the vase from the base to the lip, following the turn through 90 degrees.

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CACHE POTS 2015

22cm diameter, 25cm tall slip cast moulded vases, exposed brown underglaze and blue matt glaze.

IMG_0995       IMG_0996

Not really vases but containers, these cache pots have been designed to sit on a long wide window sill and house an amazing array of houseplants.

The simple, and elegant pattern of diagonals are at a slightly different angle on each pot, giving a gentle feeling of movement as you look along the row.  The earthy brown underglaze contrasts with the deep blue glaze, melding natural and man-made colours, which somehow feels appropriate for this location.  The inside of the pots are glazed with a beautiful pale dusky green – a secret interior!

The very beautiful photographs on this site are by Alex Braun and Gordon Poland Peden.  The snap shots are not.

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