|A couple of exhibits from the Fragile? exhibition particularly caught my attention, and over the past few weeks they have really struck me, for two different reasons:
Edmund de Wall – A Fine Tall Lidded Jar, c.2002
Two, very tall porcelain jars appearing ready to topple over; elegant and ethereal. Clearly hand thrown in sections and then reassembled to gain the extraordinary height normally unachievable when thrown. De Wall describes his ceramic pots post 1991 as ‘being much happier in [their] skin. It would be a bit more wayward, hold some randomness within it[self]’ (de Wall, E. (2012). This was after a trip to Japan where his pots ‘got freer [;] the pre- Japan pot would be standing to attention, quite rigidly. It would hold its profile quite exactly. It would be beautifully balanced, but very self-conscious’ (ibid). Interestingly he believes his pots became better when he liberated himself from the need to strictly control the nature of the material.
All images (Sales, S. 2015)
(This report was undertaken as part of a research task for Bath Spa University)