endeavour(40 years of teaching art)
is a coiled piece which has been made in three sections : the base, main body and lid. It is a piece which symbolises a career teaching art in a comprehensive school.
All sections are made from white earthenware and white St Thomas clay, which when assembled, stand approximately 70 cm high x 32 cm wide. The piece has two handle type lugs at each side made from press moulded models of Venus de Milo. Applied ceramic bows also have been made from a hand made press mould, and have been attached to the main body with slip. All three sections have been indented and carved with a variety of patterns, symbolising the routines within teaching. The piece has then been 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, platinum lustre, mother-of-pearl lustre and enamel transfers, made using photographs of favourite paintings used as an essential part of art teaching, have then been applied to some areas of the outside and fired again to 800c. When the glazing process has been completed, the ceramic transfers of framed paintings, are hung on the outside of the piece as if in a gallery. Small, relevant found objects have been glued to the piece.
This piece is intended as testament to teachers everywhere, who stayed the course until the age of 60. It is named, signed and dated by the artist May 2017 and has been exhibited at the Royal West of England Academy in the Autumn Exhibition 2018 and the Bath Society of Artists open exhibition 2019.