Kintsugi Plate / Pit Fired Object / Ceramics
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Kintsugi Plate by Diane Parker
Hand built Ceramic Object (Can be displayed flat or hanging on the wall)
Dimensions: (l)360mm x (w)250mm
The Story behind the Plate
"After the plate was bisque fired I wrapped it in a towel and broke it with a hammer, why would I do such a thing you may ask, well, given the nature of the pit I had an opportunity to scatter the pieces seeking a variation in firing effect on each individual piece, with a view of gathering them at the end and reconnecting the pieces. These pieces were also in a communal pit firing which meant we all gathered like archaeologists to unearth the treasures. However much to my delight one of the pieces was missing; we turned the ashes over multiple times and still the last piece eluded us.
Somehow it seemed fitting because the missing piece was to be known as the memory piece, a memory piece is not tangible but instead occupies a space. Who knows, in years to come it may eventually surface as the soil on the farm is turned after each crop, each rotation slowly bringing it up to the surface. I doubt it will ever be reunited with the rest of the plate, it has no need to, it will always be represented by the ‘space’ on the plate and in that space the memory of that pit firing will be held".
Diane Parker’s love affair with clay began as a young artist growing up in the 1970’s and 80’s and being surrounded by New Zealand made stoneware pottery, both domestic and sculptural. In 2005 she enrolled at the Otago School of Art as a distance Student for the Diploma in Ceramic Arts. It was during these years that Diane gained the ‘cornerstones’ of her ceramic/potting education and the foundation for future endeavours.
Diane’s work has been selected and represented in National as well as provincial Exhibitions. She currently tutors at The Waikato Society of Potters and has been a member, on and off, for the past 35 years holding positions as both President and Treasurer of the Society.