NEW ARRIVALS ARTICLE
Justine makes each porcelain “canvas” by hand in her Leatherhead studio, before bisque firing it. She then draws delicate pictures of flowers, butterflies and sea life onto it with a mixture of oxides before fixing the decoration with a second firing. The piece is then glazed and refired to 1250C with results in the beautiful translucency and amazing strength of the finished work.
Justine is a graduate of Central St. Martins School of Art. She is a member of The Sussex Guild, and the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen.
Vivienne Ross's interest lies in making pots, which act as containers for both objects and ideas. She work intuatively and spontaneously allowing everyday thoughts, pre-occupations and sometimes anxieties to dictate the direction of the image created. She tries to engage the viewer through humour by juxtaposing figures and images, and by altering their scale to create the unexpected. There is enough ambiguity in each piece for the viewer to bring thier own interpritation to the work. In this busy world She likes to think they are a celebration of the simple.
Each piece is unique, hand-made, individually decorated and signed. Vivienne works with a red earthenware clay which is decorated using coloured slips and glazes. Like the images on them, the shapes are kept simple, made using hand-processes such as press-moulding, coiling and slabbing. The figurative decoration, often described as dreamlike, is achieved using brushwork, paper stencils and sgraffito.