Metal works

I've realised recently that a lot of the work by other makers that really excites me it made in metal. Loading Image


Some of the loveliest things I saw at Made London were Lousie Loder's silver tools for making sandcastles.  They were wonderfully delicate and irregular, humble and irreverent  along with a great sensitivity in the use of materials.




I've really liked Helen Carnac's enamel bowls for a long time, they feed into my slight obsession with rust.  But it is the quiet beauty of her mark making and the textures, colours and surfaces that I keep returning to.  Her blog is well worth looking up as well.

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My latest find, via Contemporary Applied Arts, is Grant McCaig who seems to be playing with traditional metal forms and processes in really interesting ways - often exposing the process or using process as a way of revealing different qualities in the material.

All of which is somehow taking me back to the skeuomorphic (great word - means when one material looks like another) qualities of clay and the long ceramic history of copying metal forms - imitation metal rivet marks on prehistoric pots, Chinese ceramics copying archaic bronze objects, early German salt-glazed stoneware tankards.

The trick will be taking elements of metal forms and surfaces in a way that references the original but retains integrity as a ceramic object.  As always there is only one way to find out how to make this will work - get making!