Following on from my project with Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills I am developing a new series of porcelain and light sculptures. Below is a gallery of images of my work in progress. I am working on five new pieces that are derived from my love of the cinema. I often start out by drawing a work with pen and pencil. There are also images of the various processes I use to create the work. Each work requires quite a long journey spanning up to a year where I take ideas and drawings through processes that involve various clays, plaster casts and various forms of porcelain.
Drawing of potential lighting application
Pen and pencil drawing
This image shows an imprinted slab of clay being prepared for the introduction of plaster. The print was made using soft paper
Detail of paper print in clay
Interior of derelict tanning works in Otley. This beautiful, former engineering workshop inspired the piece entitled 'Dana'.
Full size card model of the work. I often make full scale models to help me to understand how the piece functions in space.
Plaster cast of lengths of wool
Initial drawing of how the sculpture might look
This is a test piece showing how LED light is working with porcelain. The marks, which have the appearance of streaks of light, are made by cutting into the surface of very soft clay.
Marks made in formica by dragging heavy, abrasive objects across the surface.
Test piece of porcelain with LED back-lighting. The image in the porcelain was taken from the surface of a tree in Chevin wood. This piece, which I have yet to develop, has the feel of a glowing ember.
Pencil design drawing for a chandelier
Porcelain slip residue during production of Juliet sculpture
Carefully prising a clay form from a plaster cast
Clay work in production
Tests using porcelain slip on plaster