Standing on three stumpy legs this little curio is made from a variety of clays. The cat is incised with graphic motifs. The whole piece is decorated with oxides and has undergone multiple firings before being waxed.
Unusually for me I have made three almost identical examples. Actually I made four but one has already found a home and one didn’t survive the multiple firings!
This is number three.
8 × 8 × 7.5 cm
Due to the use of oxides and waxes do not use for foodstuffs.
This little bowl has the look of 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 scorched and distressed look of 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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