My fun, colourful, hand-built sculptural representations of characters and self-imagined architectural styles are designed to make you smile. Made in terracotta and coloured with under-glazes and glazes, they represent people as I see them and homes as I would like to see them!
I have a degree in Applied Arts and a Masters in Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice and I make and sell my ceramics, along with upcycled creations made of throw-aways. I facilitate learners and experimenters through evening classes and workshops and I believe creativity is the key.
There I was across the bay walking not an hour ago
Now here I am
If I had stayed where my eyes rest now
Time would have moved on
the tide would still have filled the bay
Spin drift still settled into inland emptiness
Just as now.
Would I have had to run and rush like this tide beneath this bridge
To catch myself here,
To fill the places in me emptied of your presence
My life’s landscape emptied of those I once knew, without knowing as my people
Washed out to that sea and emptied of their own lives
Taken like so much cliff face fallen
On the outgoing tide of Time, that vast majority element
That holds us all within this very moment.
Standing on the bridge my inner eye rests upon places where
The people I lived amongst lived as my organs live
Amongst one another deep within my overcoat of membrane and skin
All who once were part of me and I of them
No more mine now than my own life feels is mine
Stranger in it that I am
Filled with the flotsam and jetsam of other people’s lives
I no longer recognise nor truly fit within my own.
As here I stand now empty, alone
Filled with longing for the home of belonging I once knew
The tides turn, turn once more
Returning I turn, walk on.
Should we see the Arts, Engineering and Science as separate or are they interlinked?
For a start, Engineering can be seen as applied Science. In fact, it is difficult to define where one begins and the other ends. Does it matter anyway? There are many examples where engineering structures and projects have their own artistic beauty (at least to the beholders) such as suspension bridges. Similarly, some find mathematics quite beautiful and analogous to music.
The same applies to the Arts where many forms of art rely heavily upon scientific knowledge and engineering techniques. Jewellery manufacture is a good example.
Science and engineering are often looked down upon by the arts yet most engineers and scientists have a good appreciation of the arts and usually adopt one or more of the arts as hobbies. I wonder if there are many on the arts side that have a similarly broad set of interests. This polarisation has not always been the case. A good example is Borodin who was both a chemist and a composer. Gilbert and Sullivan are also good examples of people with a broad understanding of many aspects of art and science. Sadly this wide understanding of many areas does not seem to have continued across all disciplines.
Many on the science side are put off by artistic objects because they seem to be totally without function and of little beauty or interest. There was an example of this to be seen in the Reception area of one of the large UK electronics firms. It had a large bas relief black design covering most of the wall. It did not reflect the work of the firm and the artist actually had a label stating that it was not meant to be or mean anything?
On the other hand, one only has to look at the complex curves of jet engines compressor blades to appreciate beauty.
Perhaps we should turn the clock back and learn from each other for the benefit of all?