Hannah Billingham - Triptych (AWARD WINNING) 'Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-Four'

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Hannah Billingham - Triptych (AWARD WINNING) 'Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-Four'

800.00

Triptych of three ceramic vessels, 'Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-Four' take their name from the exact number of dots on their surfaces combined. This name illustrates the magnitude of time and patience that goes into the decoration alone. The dots are applied using a process called slip trailing, where tiny dots of liquid clay mixed with coloured stain are piped onto the surface to build a dense symmetrical pattern. This adds a textured quality to the surface, which extends the art form from just a visual experience. The dots start from the spout and progress out in multiples of six. The forms themselves were thrown on the potter's wheel, and trimmed to thin the walls and make them lighter and refined. Finished with a transparent glaze in their second firing, the final vessels have a gloss appearance and striking contrast.

They won an award as a set at Ferens Art Gallery

“My artistic practice stems from my need for perfection, symmetry and order. I take raw clay and explore the materiality, pushing it to it's limits on the potter's wheel, creating flowing delicate forms. My inspiration comes from naturally occurring patterns such as the inside of a flower, coral and sea life.

The visual impact of my work is of great significance, I create sculptures that evoke a reaction in the viewer through the precision and symmetry.

I explore highly decorated surfaces using slip trailing to build up spherical patterns on sculptural forms. The slip dots add a textured element to the surface, which extends the art form from just a visual experience. Each pattern is applied freehand, with individually piped dots. I consider my work small-scale and miniature, working with a scale between around one

centimetre and twenty centimetres high. Even on the smallest forms, I exploit the tiny surface as much as I can with dense decoration.”

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