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Coffee pot with cups & saucers
Gavin Burnett Ceramics
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I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1998 with a BA(Hons) in Ceramics. I'm currently ceramic lecturer at Gray's School of Art & ceramic specialist at Dollar Academy. I design and make all my work from my home studio in Fife, Scotland. Fascinated by process and enhancing a technique, I have explored the traditional glass cutting technique ‘battuto’ to create a highly textured, tactile surface on porcelain forms. This cutting technique allows me to exploit the materials translucent nature, seeing the interior colour illuminating the exterior. Porcelain is a challenging material to work with but its unique qualities as a clay body has driven me to investigate its wide potential through slip-casting, hand-building and throwing. The forms I create are another important element of my work. I am naturally drawn to designing objects that have a function. I enjoy the relationship between user and object. The faceted flowing forms are individually created though an almost intuitive mark making. I work intensively and methodically, absorbing the processes through production. More recently, I have been exploring casting with multi-layers of coloured porcelain. I am starting to blur the boundaries between the usable and the decorative by creating more individual pieces and collections.
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