Small White and Blue Vortex Porcelain Vessel by Grainne Watts 2019
This beautiful Vortex is a porcelain double walled porcelain piece by Grainne. Its one of her smallest pieces and I sometime think that these much be so hard to paint as you really have limited space. Each piece made by Grainne is a personnel expression and nothing is too much to do for this artist to put beauty in the world.
Grainne's current work explores various forms found in the Natural World and organic geometry. The symbol of the Dot/Bindu in particular, has many meanings which fascinate her and has inspired exploration in many directions.
"It represents the smallest possible mark, pure potentiality and the starting point from which all things arise "
The choice of gently bellied forms and double walled vessels allow the visual ,tactile and emotional response through form and the use of colour and pattern.
Multiple layers of diluted under glazes create a soft background for the hand painted dot work, which depending on the choice of colour combination creates a surface that pulsates.
Grainne uses a combination of hand building and thrown methods to build the large bellied forms and spends a lot of time refining the surface using metal kidneys until satisfied with the finished quality. After the first firing, the surface is sanded and washed befor ethe long decorative process begins.
Two different clays are used, depending on the scale and intended finish of a particular form. The smooth stoneware clay and Ming porcelain currently suit her making techniques and provide the canvas needed for her chosen decorative techniques.
We are very proud to announce that The Ulster Museum has purchased a Bindu Vessel from her work exhibited at Collect 2020 Somerset House , London this year .