Framed test tile work (100cm wide X 150cm tall). Framed paper work (100cm wide X 150cm tall).
White and black clay, white and black stain, clear glaze. Digital print on paper.
Made for the British Ceramics Biennial 2019.
Material Palette is a pair of large, wall mounted works which relate an arrangement of hundreds of small clay test tiles to their corresponding reference codes. The codes, written on the reverse of every tile, are the link between each ceramic unit of information and the written record of its making.
These tests are the result of wide experimentation with heavily restricted ceramic materials. They demonstrate the ceramic surface subtleties and range that can be achieved within strict parameters by flexing variables such as pigment concentration, thickness of application and firing temperature. Fine layers of slips, washes of stains and subtly tinted glazes are layered within the tile surface creating a visual catalogue of graduated, diffuse transitions.
In her practice, Hannah Tounsend combines ceramics and printmaking to create artworks that explore the layered landscapes and sea-washed, weatherworn surfaces of the British coastline. Marks, lines and diffused merging colours are built up, cut through and dissolved away.
This work was part of her shortlisted entry to the British Ceramics Biennial 2019 AWARD with her work A Record of Sorts. Hannah was one of ten finalists for AWARD which showcases ground-breaking and progressive practice, capturing the breadth and dynamism of artists engaging with clay today.
In 2015 Hannah won the Fresh award for her series of printed vessels: Traversing the Line. Hannah received a one-month residency at Guldagergaard, the International Ceramics Research Centre in Denmark, and an opportunity to exhibit at the next biennial in 2017.
To read more about Hannah’s work, her background, previous shows and awards click here
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