Amanda Doidge

Experimental ceramic art

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E17 Art Trail 2014

Once again I am taking part in the E17 art trail, which is a summer event this time round.

You will find me at Venue 96, 54 Church Hill. I shall be opening my studio to the public for a preview night and all three weekends of the trail. As always there will be refreshments available in the gazebo.

  • Preview evening on 29 May 6-9 pm
  • 31/1 May/June 1-7pm
  • 7/8 June 1-7 pm
  • 14/15 June 1-7pm

To find out more about the trail and to plan your own trail go to www.e17arttrail.co.uk.

My work this year draws on inspiration from my grandfather’s WWII memoirs, butterfly collecting and Swiss psychologist Herman Rorschach. The pieces on display - which have also been exhibited in the Tokarska Gallery - form two distinct groups of works with linking themes.

1. The Collector

This series of small objects, revealed as though just unwrapped in a tiny theatre of their own, all bear the names of moths or butterflies. The titles perhaps change how you think about the objects or how you think about the creatures thus named. Each piece has a different page from my grandfathers war memoirs silk-screened on (while the clay was still flat) using white clay slip.

Soldier Danaus Gilippus Stoneware with coloured slips silkcreen print and glaze. Approx. L ,28cm, H, 11cm, D 16cm.

2. Rorschach Butterflies

This wall piece is based on the work of Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach who invented a test to examine personality and emotional functioning. The test consists of a series of inkblots where he put ink on a sheet of paper and then folded it in half making symmetrical blots of ink. The subject looks at the blots and says what they can see in them. On this basis a diagnosis is made.

In my version I imagine a butterfly and moth obsessive coming into contact with the Rorschach test and deciding they are all butterflies and moths. Why not? Who are we to say they are wrong, after all the blots are random. The titles of my version of Rorschach are not innocent however, as the real names of butterflies and moths I have used reveal human playfulness and over extrapolation on the part of scientists naming them; the ‘Cynical Quaker’ moth’s name says more about human culture than anything integral to the moth itself.

Rorschach butterflies Hand built porcelain with ceramic transfers.

May 2013

I took part in a group show of ceramic art with Raewyn Harrison and Ian Byers at the Tokarska Gallery. The three of us have very different approaches to ceramics but all of us treat clay as a sculptural medium. It was a stimulating and thought provoking show.

Tokarska Gallery

163 Forest Road
Walthamstow
London
E17 6HE

May 9th - June 1st
Thurs - Sat: 12pm - 7pm

Talks

Accompanying the show were two talks, exploring ceramics in a wider context. Keith Harrison, (selected exhibitor at the ‘Jerwood Open 2011’), talked about his exciting live performance pieces including his recent clay speakers destoyed by sound! Bonnie Kemske, editor of ‘Ceramic Review’ and ceramic artist, talked more broadly about new developments in ceramics and its status both as art and craft today.