Expanding foam is not normally celebrated for its aesthetic qualities. It is a functional material - filling cavities, insulating walls - extending into every crevice in its pathway, negotiating barriers. It explodes forth without constraint, freely expending its pent-up energy.
My work is a material and process-based exploration inspired by the characteristics of expanding foam. It uses ceramic materials - clays and glazes - to investigate expansion and flow, obstruction and tension at the intersections between soft, malleable, plastic materials and rigid formers.
For me, glazing is the most fascinating stage of the ceramic process. It represents alchemy, gathering, mixing, sieving, pouring, dipping, spraying, testing, melting and finally, the arresting of the glaze surface through the firing process. This extracts a layer of coherence that transforms and completes the object and the concept.