Plastic Fantastic is a coiled piece made from white earthenware clay, which stands approximately 30cm high x 20cm wide. The piece has dolls made in press moulds which have been attached to the piece with slip, then has 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 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 a metallic raised effect. When the glazing process has been completed, a range of hand made object made from clay and resin. have been wired to the rim of the piece inside and out. The piece is full of used expensive perfume bottles. This work considers the pressure we, and particularly young women, are put under by the media, to look a certain way, be a certain size and value ourselves by the way we look, instead of who we really are measured by our character and values. The piece shows female heads without their glamorous hair ensnared with the perfume bottles. It suggests that we are led to believe that we can fix ourselves completely with off-the-shelf products. It is a tragic trap! This piece is signed and dated by the artist. It can be curated standing in a large glass container full of "beauty" aids.
It is signed and dated January 2010.