Emma Varley and I share best practice through collaboration. We are currently exploring tradition and technology through Earthlight, an installation of ceramics and digital drawing.
The ceramic surface is visceral; coloured looping pixelated light drapes an algorithmic weave over the highly honed exterior of the vessel enhancing the texture of the smoked fired tones, thus creating a transformative and intriguing new artwork.
Print + Ceramic Collaboration
‘Collaboration creates momentum and momentum is about process and time’
Ruth Elizabeth Jones and Emma Varley share similarities in their meditative process, the layering of rolled thin skins of colour onto a plexiglass plate born onto paper by the rotating metal roller in the print press; mirrors the coils of pressed grogged clay layered and built into walls, which are scraped back to reveal form, born from fire and kindled by smoke to create lunar like surfaces.
Time and process through meditative repetition has become a reference point from which to
United by time and process the ‘Cosmos Forms’ capture personal worlds suspended in form and colour, objects of meditation which reference the natural world. As a single entity with a clear focal point or as multiples they evoke the natural environment, radiating, vibrating and pulsing.
The black porcelain forms are wheel thrown, ‘centres of energy’ touchable earth with throwing lines that evoke primordial mark-making, trails of white glaze are brush applied again referencing time and the natural environment; a spiral, a repeated motion, a circle, the globe, our planet the stars, sun, moon……cyclical nature of time, the universe, the cosmos.
The digital drawings are created on an iPad, ‘centres of energy’ are locked in a cloud of technology untouchable like the cosmos. A finger tip trails multiple coloured spirals from the centre, edges meet, overlap, collide and dance on the backlit screen. Printed onto ceramic decals, water floated onto the forms and fired to become fused with the mature clay body.
Lockdown has slowed the collaborative process but not halted it. Conversations have continued; how can the discs be varied and inverted to create convex forms? Collaboration is via Whats App, images and dialogue exchanged over video chat. When circumstance allows, the work will be showcased in both digital and ‘new normal’ exhibitions.
Ruth Elizabeth Jones and Emma Varley have honed their collaborative process over time by exhibiting together at Spring Fling – Scotland’s premier art and craft open studio event – for the past three years, and by sharing best practice as lecturers in Creative Industries at Dumfries and Galloway College.
Ruth Elizabeth Jones & Emma Varley