AA2A Artist

Katie Timson

Artform:
Ceramics
Year:
2018-19
Location:
East Lancashire
Email:
info@katietimson.co.uk
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Project summary:

I enjoy walking and observing the changes between seasons, the accompanying flora and fauna and smaller details, such as patterns, colours and texture. Whilst doing so, I find myself collecting all manner of objects that I find interesting or beautiful, such as feathers, pottery fragments, bird eggshells, rocks, seaglass and seedheads. These in turn provide inspiration for my collections of simple decorative and functional ceramic vessels which record walks through different landscapes, such as woodland, moorland and the coast.

This collecting and recording of nature formed the basis of my studies during my MA, and is still is fundamental to my work now. After beginning my MA, I completely changed my making methods, switching from the more industrial techniques of mould-making and earthenware slip-casting to hand-building, throwing on the wheel and stoneware glazes and clay bodies. It was, and still is, a very steep, but thoroughly interesting and fulfilling learning curve. Throwing requires a huge amount of practice and perseverance so I would like make use of a wheel at the University to become more proficient and able to throw larger pieces. I would like to continue developing clay bodies, surface experiments and glaze tests inspired by my walks to develop an archive that I can use and refer to throughout my life.

I enjoyed helping and sharing the knowledge I have gained with other students and AA2A participants in the ceramics workshop whilst studying. I found this extremely rewarding and would like to continue to do so as part of AA2A. One of my favourite things about a busy environment like the Ceramics department, is the chance to meet and learn from other people – the importance of which cannot be underestimated.

I enjoy walking and observing the changes between seasons, the accompanying flora and fauna and smaller details, such as patterns, colours and texture. Whilst doing so, I find myself collecting all manner of objects that I find interesting or beautiful, such as feathers, pottery fragments, bird eggshells, rocks, seaglass and seedheads. These in turn provide inspiration for my collections of simple decorative and functional ceramic vessels which record walks through different landscapes, such as woodland, moorland and the coast.

This collecting and recording of nature formed the basis of my studies during my MA, and is still is fundamental to my work now. After beginning my MA, I completely changed my making methods, switching from the more industrial techniques of mould-making and earthenware slip-casting to hand-building, throwing on the wheel and stoneware glazes and clay bodies. It was, and still is, a very steep, but thoroughly interesting and fulfilling learning curve. Throwing requires a huge amount of practice and perseverance so I would like make use of a wheel at the University to become more proficient and able to throw larger pieces. I would like to continue developing clay bodies, surface experiments and glaze tests inspired by my walks to develop an archive that I can use and refer to throughout my life.

I enjoyed helping and sharing the knowledge I have gained with other students and AA2A participants in the ceramics workshop whilst studying. I found this extremely rewarding and would like to continue to do so as part of AA2A. One of my favourite things about a busy environment like the Ceramics department, is the chance to meet and learn from other people – the importance of which cannot be underestimated.

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