Stoke-on-Trent - photo of the week
Fire Trees -
inspired by the Potteries bottle kilns
one of the first Performance Art in ceramics
"I am a potter and originally from India (Bombay, actually) but at the moment I live in Japan.
My connection with Stoke-on-Trent is that I lived there for a while during my time at Keele University. (1974-78). I lived off campus first in Milton and then in Campbell Rd. (I hear Stoke City FC has got a brand new stadium since then!)
Other things about Stoke that I remember - Victoria Theatre, Fight for Shelton Bar, The D Road, Gladstone Pottery Museum, Forest Park, Marstons, Sneyd Arms, Neck End........."
"Now, is anybody going to tell me that Bottle Ovens aren't sculptural? Does function deny sculpture?"
Four fire trees ready for firing
- the similarity with the bottle kilns can be seen -
from 1987 and is a work presented at L`H Art in L`Hospitalet, Barcelona
and organized by The Centre D`Art Alexandre Cirici.
It still retains the very obvious connection with the Bottle Ovens except it has fireboxes because it is wood-fired.
This fire tree shows its 'tree like' characteristics
this image show a progression towards a more sculptural intent