Clay and Lime.
Tim Lake and Joe Morris return to the Poly for their third joint exhibition following two successful shows in 2013. Joe Morris is an artist who makes beautiful abstract artworks using the unusual medium of tadelakt, a traditional form of lime plaster from Morrocco. Tim Lake is a potter based in Penryn. He uses local naturally occurring clays, sand and river silts to create his vibrant work. In their own words:
Fluidity, fullness and lift are attributes I look to impart into my pots. Always trying to bring the softness and suppleness of the material through to the end of the processes. This combined with the alchemic adventure of taking a base material and transforming it into objects
of use and beauty is the satisfying goal.
I collect various different materials from the coastline and countryside near to where I live in Cornwall. The use of these river silts, clays and sands imparts a sense of my connection with the region that I live in. One of the main ingredients is a material which I call “Red River silt”. I collect the silt from a river that empties out into St.Ives bay at Godrevy. The silt contains many different elements including the residue from hundreds of years of mining. I use this great material as a slip, a glaze ingredient, an ‘on-glaze’ pigment and a glaze in it’s own right. I process the silt and other local clays into liquid clay slips, which are then applied by dipping or brushing onto the leather hard pots. While the slip is still fluid and wet I use my fingers to draw through the slip to reveal the clay body below. By doing this with vigor and immediacy I hope to give the pieces the vitality that I strive for.
A variety of different voices inform my ceramic practice, from East to West, Korea to Marshall, Karatsu to Button. I hope that the combination of these influences and personal endeavour lead to pieces of work that have a subtle beauty that only clay can allow to happen.
I make a variety of forms, including rice bowls, lidded containers, drinking cups and pouring bowls. All work is thrown and turned on a slow turning kick wheel from a clay body that I have made up from a mixture of red clay, a stoneware clay from St.Agnes, Cornwall and a silica sand. The work is fired to between 1220-1240C with whelk shells in a neutral atmosphere.
My work is informed by the natural and man made forms which adorn the landscape of Cornwall. Fleeting glimpses of vistas that live long in the memory and get distorted and re-organised by the psyche shape my aesthetic. Glimpses of trees, electricity pylons, fences, road surfaces, standing stones, all these things find their way into my work in an attempt to capture and distill the essence of an object in space.
Geometric form and proportion usually find a place in my work too. I never get bored by the purity and elegant simplicity of circles. There is a peace to be found by staring at a circle. This elegant, essential and elemental shape has found it’s way into the sacred art of cultures from all over the world for millennia, including the ancients of this land, the bronze age stone circles of Cornwall and other ancient monuments of the county are an endless source of fascination and inspiration.
I discovered ‘Tadelakt’ a few years ago and was instantly drawn to it’s extraordinary sensual beauty. The powdered lime plaster is mixed with water and pigment, and applied with a plasterers trowel. As the plaster cures it can be burnished with a polishing stone to achieve a smooth, velvety finish. This ancient Moroccan technique is ordinarily used as a wall covering but on discovering it I decided to try to use it as an art medium. I have developed numerous techniques such as carving into the finished surface when it is fully cured, or mixing different coloured plaster when wet with some delightful results. I love the magical process of creating these works, the alchemy of mixing powder with water and turning it into something so solid and sculptural.
The aim is to make quiet, contemplative, minimal art which will connect with people at a deep, universal level.
Isabelle Robert Isabelle’s work is vibrant and luminous. Working in oils and acrylics often on a foundation of mixed media, she uses an intuitive response to create abstracted images of landscapes, capturing the essence of Cornwall and drawing our attention to those often subtle moments where otherness can be encountered and when what is temporary and what is eternal seem to touch…
Throughout her life JANE SPENCER (1943-2007) created many stunning paintings, prints and ceramics. This retrospective attests to her unparalleled energy and fearless creativity. Her command of colour and her love of texture characterise all her work. In her paintings she worked mainly with acrylics on canvas, but frequently employed paper, card, and other media to achieve characteristic textures. In her ceramics and her print-making, she achieved exciting textures and colour by mixing media and using original techniques.
JANE’S images are abstract rather than figurative, but convey a huge range of moods. Harmony, peace, fulfilment, and mystery, can all be experienced by studying her work. Her pieces range from the very large, intended for institutions, particularly hospitals, to the small and domestic.
Examples of JANE SPENCER’S work and the range of her creativity can be found on her dedicated website, www.janespencer.gallery.
Vivienne Orchard uses an eclectic mix of genres in her artwork to include seascapes, landscapes, villages, silhouettes, abstracts and graphic designs. She has had exhibitions in St Ives, Falmouth and Redruth and has a studio at Krowji Arts Centre, Redruth.
“A deserted beach, an enchanted wood, a lonely moor, ancient fishing ports, dramatic cliffs and sheltered valleys- who would not be inspired by the natural beauty of Cornwall?. I like the idea that the viewer can imagine themselves walking through a landscape devoid of any other person. I am interested in interior design and the need for artwork to naturally integrate with its surroundings. Colour and form in terms of rough and smooth painting techniques and the unique presentation of a scene set in a summer evening, or in a cloudless sky, or in a foggy dawn provide my inspiration. The translucent light and dream-like qualities of Cornwall are unique“.
Vivienne uses oils, acrylics, recycled glass and mixed media to form her artwork. Framed and unframed artworks range in price from £15- £150.
”I was born in Poland and came to live in UK in 2006. Between 2009-2011 I had a pleasure to study Contemporary Ceramic Practise at Cornwall College with University of Plymouth where I have been awarded Foundation Degree in Art. Currently I live in Redruth, being part of the Krowji art community. My forms are hand built slabs constructed. I like them to be very organic with strongly textured surfaces. It’s great fun to build my forms, the part I enjoy the most is decorating them with slips, oxides, glazes and even sand from Cornish river.”
This is Barbara Taylor’s fifth exhibition but the first with a commercial slant. Barbara was trained in textile design at Leicester Colleges of Art and Technology and started her career designing children’s clothes. She returned to the University of Leicester in the 1990’s to gain an MA in Victorian Studies. Her major dissertation on 19thC Women artists influenced her change away from figurative and towards an abstract style. Barbara’s work at present is based on patterns and spaces drawn from the diverse landscapes of the South West.
Most of the works exhibited are available in varying sized signed prints and different styles of card. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Al Cazu lives here in Falmouth and most of the work being shown in this exhibition he has created during the past ten years while residing in the town. This collection consists of more than two hundred and fifty paintings and drawings. Three sections of the work relates to the Cornish landscape and coastline. These pictures are divided into three individual sets titled: Falmouth Sketches, Cornwall Coast to Coast, and Moorland Magic. Other examples included in the exhibition have derived from Al’s travels and come under the title of: Something on my Mind. These sets of pictures will also be available as books during the exhibition.
“Cornwall has been of great inspiration to me this past decade and many of my pictures have been directly taken from the surrounding landscape, skies, and the wonderful seas the encompass this green and pleasant county. For these creative endeavours I usually paint with watercolours or simply sketch with a pencil. I am pleased to exhibit this work where it was created before dividing it into smaller exhibitions to be shown elsewhere. It is my hope that other people will now get as much pleasure from these pictures as I have done myself while producing them.”