Eric work’s in raku and naked raku as he likes the way the finished pots reflect their ‘elemental’ journey from mud to ceramic: Eric thinks this particular process imparts a ‘sense of life’ within a piece.
The transparent crackle glaze Eric uses dresses tightly-controlled, sculpted forms in a complementary random and natural effect sometimes punctuated by paper and glue resisted areas. Thrown pots are modified with shaped ‘ribs’ during throwing and often have no base so the pot can ‘rock and roll’ without tipping.
Eric enjoys this play between the fragility of the pot and the durability of its composition. His forms suggest seeds and nuts, ringed planets, flower bracts and jet engine parts.
Larger, sculptural, work: The ‘Big Boat’ theme Eric is exploring is assembled components, press moulded with a variety of surface treatments and levels of enclosure; The ‘Knife form’ – not quite a cylinder and not quite a cube is intriguing by virtue of it being three dimensional but with only two sides and one edge – follow the knife edge with your finger and you end where you began. This form is ‘scale independent’, lending itself to manufacture in many sizes – groups of varied sizes ‘nest’ together in ‘family units’
Much of Eric’s work is in 2 or more parts and very tactile with a range of display configurations which invites the observer into the sculptural process.
Heart Gallery has showcased Eric’s work before but we still get excited when he delivers his new pieces – his work will be with us for our next exhibition launch to celebrate our 6th Birthday.