Meet The Maker – Janice Parker

Janice Parker - Ceramicist

Janice Parker - Contemporary Artist

Janice is a contemporary artist/maker who combines various materials and techniques to produce three-dimensional imaginary worlds.  She is drawn to the kitsch and quirky – things which make her smile such as automata, robots and flying plaster ducks.

The Princess Bed - Janice Parker

The Princess Bed - Janice Parker

In the past she has used resin, fabric, felt, wood and copper to realise her ideas. However, over the past two years she has concentrated on making work using slip-cast and hand built porcelain to which she has applied her own illustrations in the form of transfers.  Some of these pieces are then further enhanced by the addition of patinated copper and wooden elements. 

Star Gazing - Janice Parker

Star Gazing - Janice Parker

Janice’s present work has two themes: 

The first concerns houses and the home where she likes to make little porcelain buildings, trees and people and arrange them into villages and communities.  She also makes a “Moving House” range of little men pulling houses on wheels.

Moving House - Janice Parker

Moving House - Janice Parker

Houses - Janice Parker

Houses - Janice Parker

The second theme involves a world she invented concerning “The Thieves of Time, the Magpies and the Time Machine”.

The Thieves of Time and the Magpies with the Star Machine - Janice Parker

The Thieves of Time and the Magpies with the Star Machine - Janice Parker

The Thieves of Time control the movement of the stars and the production of “time” – they make the world go around.  

Time Thief - Janice Parker

Time Thief - Janice Parker

Using peanuts as bribes, they trap magpies and train them to steal items concerned with timekeeping – watches, clocks, egg-timers, etc – they then extract the tiny bits of time still contained in the mechanisms by putting them into their star machine. 

Bribing a Magpie - Janice Parker

Bribing a Magpie - Janice Parker

The “ticks and tocks” are then transformed into stars which shoot out into the universe and thus replace the time we humans are frittering away. 

Thieves of Time - Janice Parker

Thieves of Time - Janice Parker

Her inspiration for these two bodies of work came mainly from day-dreaming! The “Time Thieves” series all started from Janice watching some magpies in her garden when she was washing-up. Over a couple of weeks the story in her head just grew and she is still adding to it all the time.

Clockman - Janice Parker

Clockman - Janice Parker

These two ideas have become a bit of an obsession and Janice is attempting to gradually wean herself off them so the other imaginary worlds waiting in the wings can be realised.

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