Steven Sales

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Course: MA Design (Ceramics)

Artist's statement

The term locational identity describes the subtle differences between places; the things that make somewhere unique. In a world becoming increasingly homogenised through increased mobility and speed of information, this series of work celebrates a piece of unprepossessing land at Ashton Meadows on the banks of the River Avon. The site is an edgeland; neither city, nor countryside. Spanning the Avon is a dual carriageway. Its foundations, wading in the river below, have created a bank of clay accessible to the eager ceramicist.

Heat reveals the hidden characteristics of this banal material, producing glaze colours including treacle, ox blood and - occasionally - spontaneous flecks of gold. Discarded objects from passers-by or organic material from trees have been cast and reassembled to produce ceramic forms derived entirely from the physical identity of Ashton Meadows.

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