This unique piece is made from a mixture of clays incised with various symbols then decorated with oxides and thin washes of clay between multiple firings.
19.5 × 6 × 9.5 cm
“All is Well” refers in part to the Quaker Edward Hicks’ painting The Leopard Of Serenity. I was commissioned to create a tiger with a bird on its back a while back so perhaps birds and feline carnivores is an ongoing theme
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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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