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Carolyn Tripp

Abstracted story-telling in porcelain

Inspired by a Chinese bottle gifted to me in child, each piece I make assumes its own identity with the application of transferred decoration. Collected imagery and text tell stories from lives past and present centring around the human condition from significant to trivial. Through tearing and cutting the storytelling becomes abstracted. Visible fragments hint at the narrative creating new meanings.

Borrowing from historic ceramic tradition on closer inspection my process gives each piece a contemporary twist. The eclectic shapes and surfaces stand alone, or work in harmony when grouped, capturing the gaze and allowing the viewer their own interpretation.

My work is hand thrown and slip cast by me in my studio at Wimbledon Art Studios. I like to create shapes dictated by the feel of the porcelain clay I use and am captivated by the bottle shape in particular. Collaring in the buttery porcelain is a joy. Despite its idiosyncrasies and difficulties, l am drawn to porcelain. It’s fluidity and elasticity on the wheel keeps me energized and able to create each one of my individual pieces of work.

In March 2021, I launched the first of my CT studio line, inspired by my thrown work and illustrated with ceramic transfer, this range encompass a more functional range of colourful and decorated ware.