11 days ago
New tones of grey clay from talented as delightful ceramic artist Abigail Schama available now at Maud and Mabel. See text below from Abigail. Also open studio just this afternoon at Abigail’s soulful studio 27 Mortimer Road NW10 ‘ ‘Grey
As a painter I would think of the first color to meet the canvas, not simply as background, but ground. The underneath or behind being from which light emanates. Having no behind, a pot can be experienced fully, inside and out. The clay body or ground is the source, the canvas, the body, not just the skin.
Grey can be associated with being ill or elderly; washed out, stressed. I think of this clay body as robust and generous yet quiet.
So shifting, for now, to a grey ground is an opportunity to bring light and movement from a more ambiguous place, not porcelain nor black. Rather than compromise, this is a softer, more nuanced language. We tend to think of grey as medium, whereas I am working with it here as a place from which other hues can be seen; warming, lightening and animating. A ground which welcomes being draped in fine tissues of veils and marks. “ A grey day provides the best light.” Leonardo da Vinci’