"Does my bum look big in this?"
has been exhibited in the Royal West of England Academy and the Victoria art gallery Bath, as part of open exhibitions. It is a coiled piece made from white earthenware clay, which stands approximately 60cm high x 35cm wide. The piece has "Barbie-like" dolls made in press moulds, which have been attached to the piece with slip, then have been indented with pattern and fired to 1160 c. 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, mother-of-pearl and enamel transfers 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 a metallic raised effect. When the glazing process has been completed the piece has been enhanced by a stand which has been made from a large goldfish bowl which enables the piece to sit suspended in the wrappings and trappings of convenience foods. Tape measures both old and new are trapped by the snug fit of the ceramic in the glass. Driven by style, the constant battle to look thin as a rake, yet lured to stuff ourselves with chocolate, beer, cakes, pies, sweets and the like, the piece strikes a chord with almost all women and some men, and pokes fun at our struggle. The piece is signed and dated by the artist January 2011.