This winter I will be displaying a collection of wall mounted ceramics at The Granary Cafe in Watlington High Street. They will be showing alongside work from other ceramic and textile artists from Watlington, The Clay and Cloth Collective.
From November 2nd 2020.
Open during the cafe's opening hours.
Social distancing rules apply.
Some of my rainbow glaze Leggy Pots are also available in So Sustainable on Watlington High Street.
As a boom operator in the film industry, what started as a hobby for Jodie has quickly become a passion. All of her ceramics are Raku fired outside her humble home studio, known as The Raku Shed. Pieces are taken out of the kiln whilst they are red hot, and placed into containers with combustible materials which catch fire and react with the glazes. The unpredictability means that no two pieces are ever the same. To that end, Jodie is largely influenced by the Japanese Ensō symbol and the philosophy of Wabi-Sabi.
The Japanese Ensō is a symbol associated with the beauty of imperfection and the art of letting go of expectations. A circle is drawn in a single brushstroke which, by it's nature, will never be perfect. But, it is these imperfections themselves that make the Ensō so beautiful and truly unique. Not only does Jodie try to live somewhat by this philosophy, but she feels that it's a perfect way to consider a Raku firing. There is an intention for the piece being fired, but we have to let go of expectations and wait to see what will emerge from the fire. The result is that each piece of work is truly unique and unreplicable.
"My work is a way of grounding myself in the moment. My designs are inspired by volumetric forms and curves. I try to give my sculptures a real sense of mass and character. The colours are determined by the elements within the glazes, the heat from dancing flames, and a balance of carbon, oxygen and time. Where the art meets the science, and the unpredictability of the Raku process."