This piece is inspired by the 100-year-old industrial power looms at Coldharbour Mill. The green glaze references the Somerset Tartan woven at the factory. The green wool used for the tartan was chosen by the Mill for its likeness to the colour of the Quantock Hills in Somerset. The piece is hand-built from slabs of earthenware clay and then covered in a rich creamy slip. After a first bisque firing the piece has undergone multiple glaze firings where colours have been layered one on top of each other, rubbed back and further colours added, to bring a sense of history to the surface. It celebrates and shines a light on the rich history of weaving at the Mill. Repetition II belongs to my Coldharbour Collection which is a series of unique one-off limited edition ceramic sculptures inspired by my time at Coldharbour Mill, near Tiverton – one of the oldest working woollen mills in the UK – where I spent a year learning about the skilled job of weaving.
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