Hope Springs Eternal

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Barbara Minish

Hope Springs Eternal


This multi-piece tulipiere can hold up to 24 blooms. The top, self contained tier can be used on it own to hold 6 blooms and the large, lower tier can be used with the centre opening filled with willow or cattails as a backdrop for the outer ring of 18 blooms. Designed to mimic the look of forced bulbs, it was inspired by the annual anticipation of spring that attends the last gasps of winter.
Red cone 6 stoneware. Thrown and altered base. Press moulded and altered sculptures. Oxidation fired.
assembled height - 22 cm
assembled diameter - 34 cm
assembled weight - 6.75 kg

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Artist's Statement

The wheel thrown pots I create echo the timeless forms created by early potters millenniums ago. The sensuous curves and classic refined lines of ancient Minoan pots are irresistible to me. They inspire my work and link to my own Greek ancestry. My primary focus is on form and surface texture. My approach to glazing is minimalist – using glaze and colour to enhance the form and surface of the piece. The curves, balanced shapes, and textures invite people to take them off the shelf and connect with the clay and my process.

More recently I have begun to incorporate hand built and sculptural elements into my work. Though a departure in form, my series of tulipieres links thematically to the classic mythological stories of seasonal rhythms and rebirth.

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