Focus: John James
Artist talk by John James.
Saturday 13th August from 12:30pm
53 Jackson St
Clayfield QLD 4011
John will discuss his work and practice, particularly ash and rock glazes sourcing local materials, raw glazing and wood firing to 1300 degrees, all up for discussion.
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John James - Pots to Use
Pots for people to use in daily life need to function well but need to be more than just useful. They need to engage with the user in a personal way, a way not possible with mass produced utility wares, adding simple enjoyment to our daily activities. Quiet pots of strong and resolved form that are at their best when used to help celebrate good food and good company.
Pots reflect the processes used to make them as well as the intention of the potter. My pots are thrown on kickwheels, glazed using a single firing process whereby the glaze is applied at leatherhard. The glazes are entirely from rock dusts, plant ashes, and clays collected locally. Pots are then fired for 18 to 20 hours in a 100 cu ft woodfired kiln to 1300 centigrade. I am also making some of the throwing clays I use from local materials.
FJJ 01: Jug - White slip inside then granite clear glaze Brachychiton (Kurrajong) ash glaze outside
FJJ 02: Jug - Dark clay slip to outside, combed then ash celadon glaze
FJJ 03: Set of jugs - White slip with granite clear glaze inside Rock (Greywacke) and ash glaze outside
FJJ 04: Teapot - Ash local red clay and decomposed granite glaze
FJJ 05: Small Bowl - White slip inside then granite clear glaze Dark slip then Prickly Pear ash outside
FJJ 06: Mixing Bowl - white slip inside then ash celadon glaze Rock (Greywacke) and ash glaze outside fired inverted on seashells
FJJ 07: Medium Serving Bowl - White slip inside then ash celadon glaze incised vine pattern Brachychiton (Kurrajong) ash glaze outside
FJJ 08: Serving Dish - White slip inside combed and incised then granite clear glaze Ash local red clay and decomposed granite glaze outside
FJJ 09: Breakfast Bowl - incised ‘Mayflies” pattern White slip inside then granite clear glaze and thin rock slip over High iron glaze outside
FJJ 10: Breakfast Bowl - incised ‘Mayflies” pattern White slip inside then granite clear glaze and thin rock slip over High iron glaze outside
FJJ 11: Small Bowl - White slip then Weeping Pittosporum ash (local scrub tree)
FJJ 12: Small bowl - cut foot local clay body dark slip with Rough Barked Apple ash over (local tree related to Eucalypts favoured as fuel by early bakers in wood fired ovens)
FJJ 13: Small bowl - cut foot local dark clay body with white hakeme slip decoration clear granite glaze
FJJ 14: Plate - local dark clay body with white hakeme slip decoration clear granite glaze
FJJ 15 & 16: Pair of diner plates - local clay body dark clay slip with vine pattern clear granite glaze
FJJ 17: Pair of Coffee Mugs - local dark clay body with Weeping Pittosporum ash (local scrub tree)
FJJ 18: Set of 4 Coffee Mugs - White slip inside dark clay slip outside ash celadon to rim fired on bag wall with seashell support