H 12 x ø12
Parian and soluble cobalt
For every single year of his life artist Nicholas Lees has returned to the same coastal location in Scotland. Initially uncertain of the influence of this astoundingly beautiful place on his work, Nicholas, has recently come to realise that there is a profound connection to do with repetition & change. He believes that to continually experience the same place and to achieve a deep knowledge of it, is to see that it always changes and is never perceived as the same despite the deep sense of familiarity and continuity. The light never exactly replicates but is constantly shifting. This is particularly apparent when viewing Nicholas’ work, new structures within the existing shapes appear to emerge as the movement of light goes across the forms and yet the sculpture itself has remained unchanged.
‘Blue Floating Bowls’ are made from Parian. The introduction of colour is inspired by works on paper with ink, in which the interaction between wet and dry is used as a parallel for movement and the uncertainty of perception. The use of soluble metal salts in colouring ceramic is an unusual technique. In this case, a solution of Cobalt Sulphate is applied to the interior of the biscuit fired pieces. The pieces are then saturated and, as they dry, the colour moves through the form and concentrates onto the edges of the fins through the suction caused by faster evaporation from those edges. The pieces are then fired to their top temperature to vitrify them. There is some cold work with diamond abrasive to finish the surface and make a stable base.
Read our interview with Nicholas here
To read more about Nicholas’ work, his background, awards and previous shows see here
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