The Colourwheel Bottle Vase image was an idea I had one day while glazing a series of striped bottle vases. Looking over the many glaze colours I had in the studio one day I decided to glaze each of the 11 bottle vase form in the stripe pattern with each shade of glaze. As the bottles lay on their sides for the wax to dry, I began to create patterns with the repeating forms, realizing a circle of vases could be made. After pulling all 11 vases out of the kiln I photographed them as a colour-wheel on a beautiful sunny day, on a white sheet of paper in my livingroom. As fate would have it, the blogger Jan Halverson from Poppytalk would email me the same day so I sent her the image of my new work for Poppytalk Handmade. The image was a hit, and even more were my striped bottle vases, for which I would make hundreds in the coming months for the American retailer; Anthropologie.
The rest of this collection highlights my interest in paper-cut folk-art and pattern repeats. Using the method of hand-cutting stencils that mask off areas of the bisqued pot, a design is created. This method really allows me to compose designs, creating both intricate and sometimes busy patterns while maintaining simple forms and shapes.
Photographed by Curtis Hildebrand (except for the Colour-wheel image)