before 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 is rubbed into the carving and wiped away, as well as being painted on to the surface area before being fired to 1080c. Coloured enamels, platinum 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 sheet of twisted galvanized chicken wire has been attached to the rim of the piece and marbles, glass stoppers and a rubber bouncy ball have been inserted into the holes in the piece. This wire supports a range of found and constructed objects which are laced through, or pinned to the surface of the wire. The piece sits on 3 large glass marbles. Inspired by the escalating desire to buy things which we believe will make us happy, the shapes, colours and objects represent a “WAGS’ lifestyle aspiration. A wire seesaw which looks like an executive toy swings precariously at the top of the piece.This piece has a tinsel town feel to it which makes us feel slightly uncomfortable. This piece can be viewed in its own right yet works best as part of a pair with After the Credit Crunch. It is named, dated and signed by the artist January 2009.