My spring collection of pottery is inspired by a trip I took with my family to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
I took a lot of photos of my surroundings, things that interested me. Like this painting (below) in the lobby of our hotel.
When I returned home, I printed out the photos and added them to my sketchbook.
Making notes and working through the pictures, I decide how best to tell the story of my trip through a collection of pottery.
The painting influenced the first pieces that I made – the Turks and Caicos square plates (above).
This oblong dish (left) is slip trailed with blue engobe on a white clay. The glaze is a peachy color and changes the blue slip to blue green.
This design was inspired by the fabric upholstered on the two big couches facing each other in the hotel lobby.
The couches were comfy and welcoming. Right near these couches was a water cooler filled with lemon slices that I stopped at each time I passed through the lobby.
Turks and Caicos is known for their baskets. I purchased a small covered one that is now filled with shells collected on the beach.
The basket weave was a pattern that I wanted to dominate my collection to give a nod to the local handcraft of basket making so I created square dishes, oblong trays and tea bag dishes all utilizing the pattern.
Square plates with a white slip trailed design on blue engobe were inspired by the pattern I found on a vent throughout the resort. It gave me a wonderful repeating pattern to play with.
In my sketchbook there are drawings and photo paste ups of the sand and the blue green water. The collection is fun and light just as the trip itself was. I hope I’m lucky enough to go back some day.
Turks and Caicos Collection is currently for sale at the Dedham Square Artist Guild located at 553 High Street, Dedham, MA. All the work pictured in this blog is available and for sale.