My current focus has been surrounding themes of hope, chance, and memory. Primarily inspired by the societal concept that after a few generations, people will have nothing physical to remember them by, I am aiming to create a body of work that could be found in 1000 years and build a complete picture of someone – in this case my Dad, a man I think deserves to be immortalised in history. Rather than creating something in remembrance, I am instead celebrating a person while they are alive: working with them to create something which can simultaneously tell their story and praise their accomplishments.
Primarily working with stoneware in ceramics, I have used a range of techniques to try and create a complete picture of someone. In one instance, I have physically imbued a pot with features of my Dad: it is not only built with his exact dimensions, but items close to him including his DNA have been burnt into its surface. I have also incorporated slip decoration to give a graphic illustration of his features and life upon a ceramic surface, and try to create a piece which could be studied and unravelled to tell his story.