Walking in the footsteps of such a great man as William Billingsley is both inspiring and humbling. Working alongside the beautiful Nangarw porcelain has both honed and informed my love of flowers and nature.
My current process begins with drawing directly from a chosen subject in either pencil or ink. This is followed by creating monoprints from the drawing. This visual language is then transferred to the wheel thrown porcelain using a resist medium. Water erosion is then used to “discover” the image.
As one of the three artists in residence at Nantgarw, I run weekly workshops at the China Works with the aim of keeping traditions and skills alive and facilitating students to develop and grow their own contemporary practice. Students learn a variety of techniques including hand-building, throwing and slip casting as well as surface decoration, glazes and firing. They work with both earthenware and porcelain. All the student's work is glazed and fired onsite in our modern electric kilns,
I am very excited to be part of the project to recreate and refine William Billingsley original porcelain recipe and look forward to working with this new body and seeing what avenues and opportunities this might open up within my practice. In particular, I will be looking to see how my ceramic practice can take full advantage of the porcelain's incredible translucency and whiteness.
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Nantgarw Artist in Residence