This piece, ‘Bonds’, implements rake fired ceramics. ‘Bonds’ is my interpretation of my family, and the bonds that bind us together. Through contrasting tones of black and white, leading to each component having their own independent pattern, a sense of unity via difference was created. The installation is only complete with all six components; should one component be removed, the unity within the installation would be lost. I felt that I was important for my work to reflect the complex but simple nature of my family, who often inspire me. I found that rake firing allowed me to marry to opposing tones of black and white in a harmonious way, which I felt also reflected the ethnically diverse nature of my family, and the peaceful coexistence of two difference cultures.
Jude Muduioa is a ceramicist of two years, learning under the tutelage of Dianne Peach. Jude enjoys the flexibility that ceramics gives her, and how she can explore both functional and sculptural creations. The tranquility and flow found when manipulating clay to create individual pieces is something she is drawn to. Jude always enjoyed playing with clay as a child and would often be found with dirty hands, creating. Jude wishes to deepen her knowledge and understanding of ceramics and further express herself through this medium.