Mission Gallery is pleased to continue its series of ceramic touring exhibitions. Following the success of part one, The Language of Clay: part two comprises three further solo exhibitions of work by three Wales based ceramic artists, each with a dynamically different approach to making.
“I grew up, worked and lived in a busy part of London, and my work reflected that, as I drew inspiration from city life, buildings, streets, windows, sounds. I now live and work in rural Wales and encounter a different range of stimuli. Exciting new chapters of exploration are opening up every day…” Justine Allison.
Since leaving college in 1998, Justine Allison has been working solely with hand built porcelain, creating semi functional pieces. Her work explores the boundaries between function and form. Justine looks at objects that are used on a daily basis and creates pieces that move away from function and are more concerned with a visual aesthetic. She works with the simplicity and beauty of the clay and incorporates pattern and texture as well as glaze to create subtle, unique variations. Thinness and movement are very important in each piece. Justine is also fascinated by the transforming effect of light on the physical properties of porcelain. When a simple object is illuminated from within, subtle details become apparent and an atmosphere is created that transcends the object's mere functionality.
Exhibition opened by Louise Wright,
Portfolio Manager, Visual & Applied Arts, the Arts Council of Wales
Gallery Talk: Justine Allison in conversation with Ceri Jones.