Hand thrown, hand painted large pitcher.
One-off, signed piece
Approx: 27 x 25 x 20cm
Hand wash, not suitable for the dishwasher.
American ceramic artist Ginny Sims' new collection consists of large cups, platters and jugs all in Sims' unusual and striking forms. Her work seems on the one hand very familiar - 18th century tankard shapes, servants' quarters bowls and jugs, yet the colour palette and smudgy stormy glazes feel almost Rothko-like, the combination is compelling.
As a teacher of ceramics and art history at Minneapolis College it’s not surprising that her distinctive and original work looks to past for inspiration. She collects page after page of shapes and ideas in her prolific sketch books stretching back to her time honing her craft from master potters in England, Italy and Scotland.
Inspired by a visit to the UK, in particular to the potteries in Stoke-on-Trent and a research trip deep into the archives at the V&A Museum, Ginny studied the precious Leeds pottery sketchbooks which cited as a constant source of inspiration.
(Above: a page from a Leeds Pottery Pattern Book. 1778-92 Hartley, Greens & Co. Victoria & Albert Museum)
“I create functional and sculptural objects that are highly narrative. For inspiration, I look to different moments in ceramic history and incorporate the cultural information I find there with present day social and political experiences. Pottery is a reflective, invisible, critical and, for millennia, necessary material object of culture whose very existence is testament to the human being in their environment.”
For this new collection Ginny has explored the use of gold lustre, something she has wanted to explore for some time and the results are striking.