My most ambitious ceramics piece to date. I've entered it into a competition run by the Victoria & Albert Museum for adult learners in Ceramics.
The competition rules state that the piece submitted must have been inspired by a piece seen at the V & A.
The V & A piece that inspired me was a Japanese stoneware vase of 1810 with an amazing relief eagle and foliage around it (see left).
The rules also state that although the influence must be clear, the piece created must be innovative and not a direct copy. As the deadline was last Friday to send images and related explanatory text, I did not have time to complete the glazing that will give my vase/pot its proper colour and detail - great shame! Nevertheless, I sent in my submission, knowing that if, by some miracle, the piece was selected (a total of 8, from all UK), I would be able to show the properly glazed piece. Imagine - having one's work shown at the V & A. I'd die of happiness - and revel in the glory for evermore. One can but dream…
Here are some images of stages of creation: