Porcelain Vessels & Furls

This series of vessels and ‘furls’ are made from porcelain clay, chosen for it’s fragility and unpredictability connecting with what John Keats termed “Negative Capability”: “when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason”, that is, a willingness to let what is mysterious or doubtful remain just that.

These pieces have been inspired by the ‘Envelope’ poems of Emily Dickinson, which are fragments found stuffed in a bureau after she died. And are named ‘furls’ after a fragment of a poem by Elaine Reid: “Unfurl your knowing, enough to remember” are made with porcelain clay, mono printed text and natural forms, embossed embroidery and natural forms, incorporating oxide glazes and wax-resist and ladders made from natural forms and gold or copper wire. Sizes range from 10 – 60cm high and prices are available on application.