“Emulsion”, a collaborative work between Amy Smith and Simon Levin. The composition of the works in this exhibition echo to each other, both in the display and in the content.
From my point of view, I felt the pieces shown in this exhibition have a strong sense of the Orient, especially Amy Smith’s bowls with stands which were much closer to the Japanese cha wan (tea bowl). The differences between Amy Smith’s bowls and the Japanese cha wan were the use of materials. Amy’s bowls were thrown by using porcelain and glazed with shinny glaze. The shininess of the glaze covered the delicate material while the throwing marks emerged on the surface suggested a sense of softness which contrasted with the Japanese cha wan which presents a natural, simple and genuine with a rustic texture. However, the stands had a strong contrast to the bowls whatever the colours or textures. The stands were made out of stoneware clay then woodfired and the stands were without the smoothness of the bowls. Trace marks were left on the stands surface during the wood firing process that echo the bowl’s throwing marks at the same time enhancing the delicateness of the bowls. These pieces can be standalone suggesting stillness while aligned on a long shelf to form a wavy movement indicated flowing water owing to the differences in height of the bowls and stands.
About Simon Levin’s work, which was placed opposite to Amy Smith’s, a sense of the Orient was also given. A lot of contrasting elements were going on this piece. First, the use of shape – a rectangular shaped tray where a round vessel was placed in the corner. The two individual objects were visually connected by a white horizontal line on one side of the tray. Secondly, the material used was similar to Smith’s, that was a round nicely thrown vessel glazed in shinny glaze. The shiny white glaze on the outside and a contrasting bright orange glaze on the inside. This white shallow dish sits steadily and calmly on the wood fired stoneware tray. Again marks were left on its surface as the fire flew around inside the kiln.
The horizontal line across the surface of the stoneware tray divided the surface into two sections which seems to suggest the horizon between the sky and earth while the white round vessel sits right on the line suggesting the sunrise or sunset.
A work of art which combined with elements of – Wood, Water, Wind, Earth, Fire and Human.