Info - Nicole Portlock Ceramics

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My work is often based on current research, so inspiration can come from a myriad of places, but they all have their foundations based on associations that open a unique poetic vein, in which porcelain’s perceived fragility and smoke firing’s volatility are explored. By focusing on techniques and materials, I consider making art a craft which is achieved using traditional processes which have been re-imagined. My smoke fired pieces are thematically interrelated vessels for memory and projection. In enclosing space, the vessel is the most literal metaphor for human existence. Smoke firing offers a similar space-time nexus, in that a unique set of chaotic elements need to unite for the creation of the finished piece.

Contemporary Smoke Fired Porcelain
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