My rural NSW environment has long been the major reference for my work. Fleeting moments of beauty and the play of light in sunrise and sunset, through mist, rain, clouds, dust and heat, are the inspirations for the creation of my ceramic art; the lustre glazes reference this evocative light.
In the country where I live I see many images within the landscape each day. There is a vast horizon to observe sunrise and sunset, light through mist, rain, clouds, dust and heat, and the moment as the sun goes down, an after glow that, for just a moment, changes the land and sky. Walking from home to the studio and back again, has the feeling of being enveloped in sky. It is first and last light that I am drawn to. The bright yellow gold of morning at first light. The warmth of evening light mixed with pink and blue grey. All this, combined with the vast variety of clouds that can be seen on any day, means an amazing moment to be remembered.
During one of my very early exhibitions in the late 70′s I was told by Ken Hood, then Deputy Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, that the artist should always have the best collection of their work. I took this piece of advice to heart and now, forty years on, I have an overwhelmingly large collection of my own work slowly gathering dust and taking up valuable space that could be used to make even more work. So it is now time for some of the pieces to come out of the dark and either be exhibited once again, or in the case of many, for the first time.
The last and first light of the day, light through cloud, light behind cloud, light defused by rain and storm. The moment just after sunset when the land glows for an instant. These are the moments I look for and it’s the nature of lustre that captures them. Surfaces change in tone, colour and intensity due to light playing on the glaze surface and the angle of the viewer. All contribute to making the luminous, illusionary surface that envelopes the work.
Light and lustre have a synergy that creates colour and movement. The angle of the light striking the lustre surface will change colour, intensity as you move around the work. Full natural light spectrum will be different to an artificial light and the in brightness of light all will effect the colour and tone of the lustre glazed surface.