Clay Work > Land Above and Below: The Escarpment

2017
Escarpment Walk: Blue moss, fossils and orange bug
Clay, Underglaze, Glaze and Decal
31 x 19 x 5cm
2016
Of the Bone: Ribs, Skeleton and Trilobite
Clay, Underglaze, Glaze and Slip
19 x 14 x 4cm
2016
$145
Earthenware, trillobites, escarpment
Clay, Underglaze, Glaze and Decal
19 x 14 x 4cm
2016
$145
At Home: Extinct with New
Clay, Underglaze, Glaze and Decal
19 x 14 x 4cm
2016
$145
Side by Side
Clay, Underglaze and Glaze
19 x 14 x 4cm
2016
$145
Pocket
2016
Earthenware, Fossils, cell, escarpment
Clay, Underglaze, Glaze and Decal
21 x 21 x 5cm
2016
$195
Cells Divide on the Giant's Rib: Yellow to Blue
Clay, Underglaze, Glaze and Decal
21 x 21 x 5cm
2016
Trilobites and New Cell
Clay, Underglaze, Glaze and Decal
21 x 21 x 5cm
2016
$195
Earthenware, water bugs, coral, escarpment
Clay and Glaze
21 x 21 x 5cm
2016
$195
Coral, Blue Moss and Ammonite
Clay, Underglaze, and Glaze
2016
Handbuilt earthenware wall piece. Niagara Escarpment series.
Clay, Glaze, Underglazes, Slips and Decals
21 x 21 x 4 cm
2015
$195
Handbuilt earthenware wall piece. Niagara Escarpment series.
Clay, Glaze, Underglazes, Slips and Decal
19 x14 x 4 cm
2015
$145
Handbuilt earthenware wall piece. Niagara Escarpment series.
Clay, Glaze, Underglazes, Slips and Decal
19x14x4 cm
2015
$145
Escarpment with Ammonite Fossils
Clay and Glaze
19x14x4 cm
2015
Handbuilt earthenware wall piece. Niagara Escarpment series.
Clay, Glaze, Underglazes, Slips, Enamel dots and Decal
19 x 14 x 4 cm
2015
Handbuilt earthenware wall piece. Niagara Escarpment series.
Clay, Glaze, Underglazes, Slips and Decals
21 x 21 x 4 cm
2016
$195
Escarpment Section - side view showing ammonite fossil imprints
Clay, Glaze, Underglazes, Slips and Decals
21 x 21 x 4 cm
2016
$195
Handbuilt earthenware wall piece. Niagara Escarpment series.
Clay, Glaze, Underglazes and Enamel dots
19 x 14 x 4cm
2015
$145

The Ontario landscape is big, bold, old, and greener than the prairie landscape I was inspired by in my earlier clay studio work. I wanted to work on a series to explore this environment.

I created textured and evocative wall pieces based on the Niagara Escarpment, the cornerstone of the greenbelt in Ontario. They reimagine the 450 million year old geology of this area as it has evolved into a landscape rich in biodiversity, sculpted by time and water. I have depicted them with images of new cells in contrast with neighbouring fossils which surface on the ancient rocks through erosion. The cells are shiny, new, and complex yet they lay on a background of imprinted, fragmented, aged rock spotted with vegetation.

In 1990, the Niagara Escarpment was designated a UNESCO World Biosphere. The Niagara Escarpment, or “The Bluffs”, are home to Canada’s longest foot trail, the Bruce Trail. Hiking the Bruce Trail has been on my list of things to do for years.

I am a consumer of parks, trails and vistas. My wall pieces in this escarpment series are presented as ‘slices’ of the escarpment, in the shape of boxes. Much as one might buy cereal in a local big box food store. As a consumer buying cereal, one would expect the product to be the same in every box but as a consumer of our parks and trails, the experience is much different. Each piece starts in the same way with a flattened piece of clay in a box shaped plaster mold. But each ‘consumer box’ comes to represent a small slice of a landscape rich in biodiversity, home to hundreds of at risk species, a vital watershed, and an ancient geological history.

When I was a child we camped based on the old adage, ‘take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footsteps’. My pieces are meant to be part of that tradition. I impress memory and meaning into clay which is a material as old as The Bluffs themselves.