This piece isn't yet fired, or quite finished. He is Friedrich Welwitsch (1806-72), who was an explorer and botanist. He collected thousands of plant and animal specimens in Angola before going to work in the Natural History Museum, London. The plant he is looking at here is called Welwitschia Mirabilisafter him, and it can live for up to 1,500 years!
Friday, 11 May 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
These are my large Icthyosaur and Plesiosaur dishes, slip and stain, with sponging and scraffitto, made in 'studio white earthenware'. I made them after spending lots of time looking at 1950's textile designs like these...
The plate below is a dish I made to illustrate the spirit collection at the Natural History Museum, with a work in progress shot next to it. You can go on behind the scenes tours of the Darwin Center, and see where the specimens are stored (see NHM link).
The Giant Squid (Architeuthis) is also kept in the Darwin Wing. Its in a glass tank that was produced by the same people that make the tanks used by Damien Hirst.
I made some dishes to try and capture my personal impressions of the squid.....
These plates are around 45cm wide, but not large enough for what I have in mind for my show.....I've just found out I have over 3 meters to display my work in the final show, so watch this space!