Ceramist – Bex Scrivins: Instagram Link at: @bex.scrivins_ceramics.
My recent work is defined by geological rocks and the processes that form them triggering a line of work that explores the geological environment starting from origins of how these rocks/processes are conveyed in the landscape e.g. Pancake Rocks – New Zealand, Stone Forest – China.
Carrying this out through hand building and press moulding, carefully balancing a blend of terracotta crank and crank clay, with rock samples from the Earth’s surface. To see how the composition tears itself apart after compression into slabs, then again into plaster moulds. To generate my own rock formations as if my work is cut straight from the landscape despite the hints of imprinted manmade influence. Structures which take on an eroded, biological appearance, that sits more at home within the geological landscape.
In addition to producing my own definition of Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous rock formations, I am increasing the role glazing takes in my work, rigorously using matt, lichen and volcanic lava glazes. To begin layering and mixing glazes together, with vastly differing properties in order to experiment with the glaze recipes, trailing out new ingredient combinations, produce unique traits. These contribute to an unyielding, wilderness landscape that is continually becoming inexplicably redefined.
Building my practice in order to vigorously research and test methods in the ceramics studio they find their way into my finished pieces. This presents the processes of production as separate objects blurring the lines between method and outcome. In order to become an experimental Ceramic Artist always expanding my scope of knowledge, to produce individual works and series of test pieces that defy my capabilities.
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