Black Tie is a coiled piece made from White Earthenware clay, which stands approximately 22cm high x 27cm in diameter. It is carved with applied gargoyles and ribbons tied in a bow, which were made separately in handmade press moulds and attached to the piece with slip. The piece has then been indented with pattern and fired to 1160 c. 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, 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, different width wires have been wrapped around found objects threaded through pierced areas of the rim of this piece. Large glass marbles are glued to the base of this piece to provide the feet and tiny nails are glued to the surface of the dinner jackets in a flowing motion.
Influenced by the many times when dressing up for parties was the accepted norm for me, this is a reminder of those fancy dress times. It still gives me pleasure to do that, with great charity shop finds and things from the dressing up box! It is named, signed and dated by the artist August 2008.