the green dream
is a coiled piece made from Crank clay, which stands approximately 51cm high x 32cm wide. The piece has then been indented with pattern and 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 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 sits on three glass cockle jars which have been filled with found objects. Inspired by the need to really consider the Green question, this piece attempts to portray the road ahead and the inevitable difficulties that reversing our current practice will involve. Little fish swim around the top of the piece encapsulating bits of our world, showing us a mini archive of things that may disappear in the future without due care and attention. The Lenin heads are taken as a symbol of community contribution, rather than communism as we have seen it in the past, encouraging us to work together as a global group rather than in isolation. Hopelessly idealistic? Hopfully not! This piece has a calm soft gentleness about and it and is named, dated and signed by the artist October 2009. For the exhibition the piece can be curated on its own wooden stand in a halo of green ivy leaf fairy lights.