Tess Greenway

 

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Tess Greenway

Tess is a second year student at the Carmarthen School of Art, studying  BA (Hons) Ceramics & Jewellry: 3D Maker 

Walking the Pembrokeshire coastal path gives me a sense of space and freedom, immersing fully in the present moment. Drawing from the colours of the seasons, the textures and contours of the landscape, my ceramic pieces are my expression of being a woman in this time and place.

 

I am making sense of life cycles, mortality, forgotten narratives and human relationships in the objects i make. It is important to me that the pieces hold a sense of stillness and beauty, ‘an affirmation of my human scale and senses’ (Richard Long)

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My work references the welsh saints, St Non and St David. The female narrative in this story is little told and I became particularly interested in re-addressing the balance using scale to describe St Non as the larger form whilst still maintaining the connection between them as mother and child. The symbiotic mother and child relationship is often depicted and on my work the line represents the umbilical cord which connects the two vessels as one piece. The contour of the line is the birds eye view of the footpath between St Non’s ruin and St Davids cathedral with the gold leaf referencing religious iconography.

The pieces are hand built using crank clay, with the forms being influenced by the shapes taken from images of the saints displayed in St Davids cathedral. Other references included Adam Buick’s journey moon jars and Mick Morgan’s vessels. I Raku fired the pieces and then applied gold leaf. At each end of the line there are symbols, St Non’s cross at one end and the other St Davids cross.

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