Missed Chances (P447)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Missed Chances

Made in

Stoke-on-Trent

Date

1997

Description

Abstract human form composed of various ceramic components, assembled using glaze or resin, predominantly coloured white, yellow and orange.

Materials and techniques

'My current methods of making explore a variety of ceramic process. Objects gradually evolve from a collection of thrown, slipcast and hand-built components which are previously fired and assembled later using glaze or epoxy resin. This technique of 'collage' enables a wide range of making and surface qualities to be used alongside each other. It also keeps the final identity of the object uncertain and open to change. Sometimes found objects and other materials such as wood and metal are incorporated into the framework of the sculptures.

Coloured lead glaze, smoke fired terra sigilatta, underglaze cobalt transfers and coloured slips are some of the earthenware surfaces which are employed in the objects. I also use lots of different clays from red earthenware, craft crank to porcelain, which are usually bisque fired to 1140C.'

Taken from Purchase Information Sheet.

Dimensions

height:  40cm
length:  23.5cm
width:  10.5cm

Object number

P447

Category

  • Missed Chances, Neil Brownsword, 1997, Crafts Council Collection: P447.

Maker's statement

This work explores certain feelings of regret for things that could have been - but at the time indecision and fear of change prevented those things from going any further. Some people are never staified with what they've got - they want their cake and eat it. My current methods of making explore a variety of ceramic process. Objects gradually evolve from collection of thrown, slipcast and hand-built components which are previously fired and assembled later using glaze or epoxy resin. This technique of 'collage'enables a wide range of making and surface qualities to be used alongside each other. It also keeps the final identity of the object uncertain and open to change. Sometimes found objects and other materials such as wood and metal are incorporated into the framework of the sculptures.