Made from a variety of earthenware clays the box section is incised with graphic motifs. The whole piece is decorated with liquid clays and oxides before being waxed and polished after the final firing
The cat’s body and head are made from single “sheets” of rolled clay carefully coaxed into shape.
7 × 7 × 12.5 cm
A Cat on a Box as a small lidded ceramic box: I hope the piece looks like an artefact that has or has had a significant but unfathomable use..
There are many stages of construction and decoration along with multiple firings to create the finished work.
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Many of my ceramics start with a narrative that’s either imagined, half remembered, carefully researched or commissioned. I am always interested in taking on commissioned work especially of a commemorative nature.
A love of whimsy, folk art, religious and tribal art and my background as an illustrator, all go into the mix.
I work with a variety of clays into which I often add other fragments of additional material. These ”inclusions” plus the use of oxides and multiple firings add to the alchemy and give the clay a distressed or patinated surface.
Once described as “Possibly one of the UK’s most successful illustrators that no-one has ever heard of” Derek Matthews has worked for a raft of top flight clients from Tokyo to Toronto. The Snappy series of children’s books he illustrated sold more than 13 million copies worldwide including a number one American best seller.
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