Summer Salon: Illuminations

with Ryder Jones

photographed by Ophelia Mikkelson

2017

Primavera (after Balenciaga) Terracotta with reactive stoneware glaze 21 x 11 x 11

Illumination 03 (Pink Bowery) Terracotta with reactive stoneware glaze 27 x 11 x 26cm

Winter Brutalist Terracotta with reactive stoneware glaze 23 x 16 x 9cm

II CuCO3 Experimental Cast terracotta with strontium & copper stoneware glazes 16 x 9 x 9cm II Rutile Experimental Cast terracotta with strontium & rutile stoneware glazes 16 x 9 x 9cm

Rising Sun (part I) Terracotta with reactive stoneware glaze & sea salt deposits 19 x 20 x 14cm

Grogged Wall Plate Terracotta with porcelain shards and rutile stoneware glaze 11 x 8 x 3cm Sea Salt Wall Plate Terracotta with rutile stoneware glaze and sea salt deposits 11 x 8 x 3cm

CE.BLK (prelim) Cycladic Terracotta with copper glaze & sea salt deposits 14 x 10 x 10cm

Purity/3017 (prelim) bowl Terracotta with reactive stoneware glaze 8 x 14 x 14cm Illumination 04 Terracotta with rutile reactive stoneware glaze 40.5 x 8 x 8cm Illumination 03 (Pink Bowery) Terracotta with reactive stoneware glaze 27 x 11 x 26cm

Primavera (after Balenciaga) Terracotta with reactive stoneware glaze 21 x 11 x 11

II Rutile Experimental Cast terracotta with strontium & rutile stoneware glazes 16 x 9 x 9cm

Illumination 06 (perforated) Terracotta with reactive stoneware glazes 20 x 16 x 4.5cm

Perforated Zinc Shell Terracotta with zinc stoneware glaze 15 x 12 x 8.5cm

II CuCO3 Experimental Cast terracotta with strontium & copper stoneware glazes 16 x 9 x 9cm II Rutile Experimental Cast terracotta with strontium & rutile stoneware glazes 16 x 9 x 9cm

II Rutile Experimental Cast terracotta with strontium & rutile stoneware glazes 16 x 9 x 9cm

Rising Sun (prelim) Terracotta with reactive stoneware glaze & sea salt deposits 10.5 x 12 x 11cm

Echelon Mn Terracotta with manganese wash and reactive stoneware glaze 21 x 11 x 11cm

Illumination 07 (White Wave) Terracotta with porcelain slip, unglazed

Echelon CuCO3 Terracotta with copper wash and reactive stoneware glaze 27 x 15 x 15cm Echelon Mn Terracotta with manganese wash and reactive stoneware glaze 21 x 11 x 11cm

Summer Salon: Illuminations

 

The Summer Salon: Illuminations is a dual installation of works by Alana Wilson & Ryder Jones. The works explore materiality and texture across a variety of mediums including ceramics, bronze, steel, and lighting components. 

 

Wilson’s work predominantly explores texture and experimental glazing techniques, combined with conceptual connotations of primitive form and utilitarianism. The works included in this exhibition are experimental sculptures, forms to cast light (The Illuminations), and vessels. Over the past year Wilson has explored the ability for ceramic works to encourage a more perceptual experience for the viewer, in an attempt to raise the value of the medium within Fine Art and everyday life. The Illuminations, alongside some of the perforated works, allow light to exist in and around the pieces in areas that draw you closer to the works and highlight or abstract details in the surface. The colours of light and glaze depict a sense of optimism, close to those found in the skies and horizons of the rising and setting sun.

Ryder Jones says this about his work:

 

 

"I like to watch the sunrise in the morning. I like the sun. There is something about it. It makes me feel good, especially when it’s low in the sky. It’s always somewhere even when it’s dark.

In the past months I’ve noticed how the sun is a symbol for other things. I see it on a bottle of dishwashing liquid, a box of bananas, a car flying by. And I hear it on the radio, songs about sunshine that aren’t really about sunshine but about something else. When someone wants to say something they really feel they will often use a metaphor involving light. All this is mysterious and beautiful to me, this stuff about sunlight. So I make things in praise."