6. Open Form & Flanged Neck Vase
By Christine-Ann Richards
The gardens of China and Japan have been an ongoing inspiration for the large pots and water features Christine-Ann makes, mainly to commission. She works with three different coloured clays and enjoys the gritty composition of the clay used in these pieces. She coil builds her large pots - only the flanged neck of the vase was wheel-thrown.
In their own words ...
The gardens of China and Japan have been an inspiration for the large pots and water-features that I make, mainly to commission. Ever since a trip, with fellow potters, to China nearly 40 years ago I have looked towards the east as a source of inspiration.
My larger commissioned works have been greatly influenced by a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to Japan in 1996, which I used “to explore the way that water is used in landscape and architecture”. It gave me the opportunity to visit and explore the works of Shunmyo Masuno, a Zen Buddhist priest and landscape architect, who often works with the stone artisan Izumi Masatoshi. A visit to his workshop took me to the home of Isamu Noguchi with whom he had worked very closely.
As well as working on larger pots and sculptural forms, some of which incorporate water as an element in the work, I also make smaller water-features, planters and vases which can find a place both within the home, or in a conservatory or garden. I work with three different coloured clays (buff, terracotta and a dark brown) and in partnership with the client I discuss what is most suited to their needs.