after the credit crunch
is an oval coiled piece made from White Earthenware clay, which stands approximately 33cm high x 22cm wide. The piece has then been indented with pattern and fired to 1160c. Coloured glaze has been rubbed into the carving and wiped away, as well as being painted on to the surface area before being fired to 1080c. Coloured enamels, gold lustre and mother-of-pearl have then been applied to some areas of the outside to give more definition and fired again to 800c. A final layer of paint has been added and heated to a temperature of 150c to add metallic colours. When the glazing process has been completed, a maze of copper knotted wire has been attached to the rim of the piece. This wire supports a range of found and constructed objects, which have been laced through, or pinned to, the surface of the wire. A tiny thread of copper nails can be seen inside the work which has a natural, small cork base. Inspired by the erratic financial changes of the time, this piece is an antidote to its partner piece Before the Credit Crunch. The colours used and the objects attached are there to represent the quality and value of things which can be found sometimes when we are in crisis, or on our uppers. These objects are often thrown away or discarded when we are seduced by trivial consumer bling, yet remain there and available to us hidden but secure. This piece can be viewed in its own right yet works best as part of a pair within a before and after theme. It is named, dated and signed by the artist January 2009.