I have long posed this question to myself. What is that infinite space between two objects, the space which defines form of another. The gap/space is tangible and yet we do not really notice it.
I recently went to a open garden and whilst there came across a wood carving of a mother and child. Their gaze was fixed on each others. The intensity of that gaze was palpable. The 10cm gap between their eyes was so powerful it took my breath away. It was the gaze of love between a mother and her trusting child.
Having lost my beautiful Mum nearly 17 years ago, coupled with my autistic son not able to receive that gaze from me easily, I can see that my work is an exploration of these very real experiences. A pursuit to understand, more deeply, from new perspectives. To make connections again.
My newest work has come about through exploring that tension of space but with the connections that tie us together. A combination of space and connection. Using silver solder and copper rivets, my work sits in harmony, together yet apart.
Over the years I have been asked if I make jewellery, to which I’ve said no, I love the scale I work at and the thought of all those tiny fiddly pieces just isn’t for me! BUT, after making enamelled discs for ARTcards, I realised I could combine my vessel shape on a small scale to make pendants, so over the last few weeks I’ve developed some new ideas, drawing on my sculptural and vessel textures and designs, I can now see how my art can be worn! Miniature enamel concave discs, in the style of my larger work! Hope you like them, more to come over the weeks, will be on etsy to.
When I woke up this morning, I knew I would get up early and turn the kiln on, excited for the morning ahead, I had a quick breakfast and thought about what colours I wanted to use and a loose idea of design. The figures, lay in the hot pickle, cleaning off any grease and dirt ready for the application of enamel. I mainly use wet process vitreous enamel as it really lends its to the sgraffito technique, which is scratching back layers of enamel before firing. I’m really happy with the results today, including the application of enamel onto copper mesh, which will be for the skirts. Next stage tomorrow will be applying a bronze patina to the bare copper… more images to follow at the next stage
So, I’m making a pair of figures, riveted at the arms and waist. These will be more 3d in style, hence the clips to try and gauge how they will look. I’m aware I’m only showing one figure, but I will post more images later as I progress more. The next stage is to experiment with copper mesh…
After a busy arts weeks I’ve spent the last week tidying up, and as the sun shone over the weekend I managed to repaint the workshop, in preparation for winter, the woodwork is now gleaming and ready for any cold, rainy weather that may come over the months ahead. 🍁☔️ So- this week, it’s time to photograph and upload some of my work into Etsy. I have decided to keep some work just for my website, so do look through my gallery for larger pieces, but if you’re looking for a smaller item, then take a look at my Etsy shop, there will be more over the coming weeks too! https://www.etsy.com/shop/joannehorrobinenamel/