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Joy Trpkovic


Shoal of Angels Rising

Shoal of Angels Rising

hand built 0.5 mm thick porcelain mini sculptures, glazed and hand painted with lustres, assembled in a Translucent Plexiglass box frame. Wall hung.

Statement

 My handbuilt ceramic work is inspired by natural forms, marine or land based. Delicate translucent funghi, fossis and shells are catalysts for interpretation. I use the simplest tools - my hands, a wooden stick amd a scalpel to carve and pinch the clay to risky thinness.  Hand painted low fired lustres complete the works which have been high fired to 1260 degrees C in an electric kiln. The colours I use echo my early watercolour paintings.

Recent wall pieces reflect the dynamic of shoals and colonies as I arrange groups of small sculptures, enabling display - either wall hung or free standing. Light can pass through the perspex box frames which enhances the delicacy of the work.  New tall paper thin vessels take very translucent wrapped porcelain to risky narrow height . 

 My recent works accepted in CICA 33 International Ceramic Competition at the Museum of Ceramics, Alcora, Spain are part of a new series of hand built stoneware and porcelain sculptures that can be positioned indoors or outdoors.

Biography

Feb.2012Elected a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen
1973ATD, University of Sussex
1972 B.A.(hons.Fine Art)Portsmouth
1969Goldsmiths College of Art London