Most people who know me understand that I'm a bit of a geek. There's been a fascination I've had about computing, engineering, the digital world, art - and how they coalesce - for a long time.
Being a kinesthetic person by nature, I'm also into how things feel in the hand, whether it's a bit of earth or a 3D pencil.
All these things have come together as part of my first ceramics collection, which I've called [This Earthly Code] and it's going to be on show at The Gaolyard Studios in St Ives as part of this year's Summer Festival.
[This Earthly Code] is about fusing earthy, elemental forces, our human ‘maker’ ability and digital behaviour together through the creation of practical utensils.
The Gaolyard Studios are having Open Days on Wednesday 14th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th and Wednesday 21st September, when anyone can visit the studios. So, if you happen to be in St Ives then, you are very welcome to come and visit.
With this collection, I'm beginning the exploration of a theme I intend to develop in several ways in my ceramics, running in parallel alongside my work in digital business.
The intention is a hopeful one, to reconnect us with our human selves and where we have come from. The pieces in the range are designed to encourage personal reflection, a sense of feeling centered and some solidity in a fast-paced 'always on' world, as well as having a functional purpose.
As I've said elsewhere here, I think, I believe a renaissance exists for us somewhere, in the interface between human and digital design. So it just made sense to me to create something with clay, direct from the ground, and take its tangibility together with the intangible nature of the virtual commands we interact with every day, and put them together.
Whilst the symbols may be quite new, the iconography of our digital environment is growing all the time. We take many of their meanings almost for granted. So there are 'Start Vases', 'Home Bowls' and 'At Pots' and I am approaching these symbols as a new form of hieroglyphic.
They tell a story of how we live today, and the pieces are totems, recognising how far we have all come and, at the same time, taking us back to our roots.
I really hope you enjoy the collection. The elements are mix and match, as is the cut and paste nature of code!
If you'd like your own favourite combination of shape, symbols and colour, please just get in touch.