Steph Woods

Conjoined Butter Vase, 2021

CLAY
57 × 20 cm
$1,100
Conjoined Butter Vase visually demonstrates the haphazardness that is hand-building with clay and how it can reap unusual and unexpected outcomes. By exaggerating and obscuring certain constructive aspects, the vessel celebrates its impurities and yields an appearance that is both lively yet unsettling. Colour is used to play off this notion as two bright shades split the vessel into unequal sections, making any perfectionist wince.

The piece is centred around the unpredictability of crafting with clay. Clay reflects the very actions it’s subjected to. When a form is diced, pushed, rolled, and prodded these gestures are imprinted into the vessel. Although these actions are intentional by the maker, the material may respond in unplanned ways.

This work was created in response to the new mundane due to the pandemic. A sense of unpredictability is inevitable when we are unable to plan ahead. We subsequently prepare for the short term and hope for the best. Crafting with clay is comparable to this state of being as many things are created by chance and the outcomes can sometimes be out of our control. Sculpture Dimensions: 45cm H x 20cm D Materials: Earthenware with Matte Glaze
Steph Woods is a ceramic artist whose work merges the traditional with the experimental, exploring the expectations entwined with ceramics by opposing or exaggerating them through themes of reflection, functionality, and form. Steph works from her home studio in Brisbane, Australia. Working with paper clay and employing hand-building coiling, and sculpting techniques, Steph applies a modern aesthetic to re-imagined classic ceramic forms. Since starting ceramics in 2017, Steph has showcased her work widely in galleries around Australia. Most recently in group exhibitions for the 2021 Craft Contemporary Satellite Program and the Melbourne Design Week 2021 Satellite Program.

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