This piece incorporates bold square mark-making referencing the structure of the tartan fabric woven at Coldharbour Mill; made up of warp (vertical) and weft (horizontal) lengths of coloured wools. It is inspired by weaving processes at the Mill. The vessel is hand-built using slabs of earthenware clay and then covered in layers of slips and glazes to bring a sense of history to the surface. The pattern was created using bold brush marks mimicking the movement of the shuttle flying across the loom. The blue and orange glazes celebrate the Devon Blue Tartan woven exclusively by Coldharbour Mill using heritage machinery and processes. Weft IV 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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