SSA Annual Exhibition 2016, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Slip-cast bone-china, porcelain, parian and earthenware ‘bricks’
Winner of the House for an Art Lover Exhibition Prize
‘Echoes’ comprises 160 hollow bricks, slip-cast using porcelain, bone-china, parian and white earthenware clay. Some are glazed whilst others are left at the bisque fired stage.
Referencing Glasgow and the West of Scotland’s industrial heritage, de-industrialisation and urban regeneration, the multiple white bricks are familiar forms rendered useless by the fragile qualities accorded them and are no substitute for the real. These are ghosts from extinct industrial brickworks, created through a labour intensive and traditional process (slip-casting) that would have been employed by the long defunct pottery manufacturers of Glasgow.