• Joanna Whittle

Water, Steel, Stone

Updated: Sep 10, 2018


This is a ceramic piece commissioned by CITU. It consists of 133

handmade tiles exploring the history and nature of Kelham Island. The buildings and places depicted on the black and white tiles are isolated in empty landscapes. The relief tiles mostly represent native wildlife along the Don, including otters, kingfishers, grey wagtails and herons. There are also tiles made directly from pressings of Ernest Wright 'Antique Stork' embroidery scissors. Some of the tiles also reflect the industrial history of Stoke and its development of ceramic processes. I am interested in the elemental processes used in creating ceramics, with high temperatures altering and hardening clay into stone. I like the similarities with this and the production of steel, with hard impenetrable elements having once been fluid.


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