Structure: Thin – shows makers lines and joins.
Designs: Inspired by nature and the beach.
Politics: Simpler lifestyle around creation. Elitist
Style: Slab pots, Goes for shape to express and show his work at its best.
Craig’s personality just flows into his work. His simplistic style seems to strike a cord with me. The makers marks are left and I think that this is what appeals to me most. He mostly makes soft slab pieces so that he can bend and join the clay by smoothing and pressing joins together using his fingers. The clay is slapped down on the surface and stretched in preference to rolling to make it maliable.
The scribing on some of his pieces don’t have rhyme or reason for the viewer but have great meaning to him. He seems to scribe in a frenzied fashion. Craig’s elitist style which through the shapes of his pieces express and show his work at its best. The clay is his canvas on which he adds layers of slip and engobe and scribes through it in areas to create a personal touch. He uses stoneware clay and engobes. His use of colour is influenced by nature and the beach. The main source being St Ives.
I would like to capture the childlike simplicity of Craig’s style and make it my own by exaggerating the monoprint, using text to go with an image but keep the style of the altered hand built piece. I particularly like the gold on the inside of his work and the fact that he leaves the makers marks makes the pieces very tactile.
I met Craig at Hatfield in August : It was so nice to meet him in person after admiring his work for so long. I just starred at him for a moment, I think he thought I was nuts. I told him that he was my favourite ceramacist and he was chuffed. I started leafing through his art work which was also for sale. It didn’t do much for me, I much prefere the ceramic pieces but it was nice to see where he his thought patterns came from.