A Delicate Balance - Lorraine Clay
Original ceramics by Lorraine Clay
In 2002 I gave up a DSS career to become a full-time potter, a goal which I achieved. In 2006 I began working for the NHS mental health trust as a pottery tutor and studied the Contemporary Ceramics degree at Newcastle alongside this.
I run classes and workshops for adults and children at client venues, often with a local theme. I have a portable wheel and can take it to classes (including 1 to 1) and demonstrations.
I have taken the theme of this exhibition literally, having selected stoneware pieces, which reference sea-life and the endangered oceans and whose physicality is delicately balanced.
The promise boxes were inspired by cuneiform envelopes in the Oriental Museum (Durham) which morphed into more elegant marine forms*, Halibut vertebrae inspired thrown and distorted discs.
All but one disc involved weathering before or after firing. Weathering references our mortality, our belief that we are incorruptible, like ceramic, living for tomorrow we stay in unsatisfying jobs until walking home in a gale a dislodged gargoyle takes us out. But we are more like unfired clay, endangered by random circumstances, wind and rain.
* Cunieform envelopes contained contracts and were broken if a contract was in dispute, promises can be put into the piece, and the piece broken if ever in dispute.