I took a ceramic course over 10 years ago and for the exam we were given a title of 'Relationships' we could take from it whatever we wanted and turn it into a piece for our final exam. I chose my relationship with Salvador Dali and how he inspired me when I saw his work at school. I also studied Escher, Clarice Cliff and Rennie Mackintosh. To combine them all and to show I understood their style I drew a dragons tail at the end of each artists as if they had done it.
When I'd designed my vase and explained why I'd chosen those items my tutor jokingly said I'd passed the exam for my written work before I'd even made the piece. I'd obviously gone overboard with enthusiasm and done too much. Needless to say I got A* for my work.
I love dragons so used them a lot in my work. Especially the tails.
One of my folders of study for my exam and a dragons tail bowl in stoneware.
Above shows a Rennie mackintosh coffee pot, milk & Jug set with matching bowl. I mixed the colours to get the blue, I was amazed when it came out the kiln and had worked lol.
Below is some of the Clarice Cliff items I made including a tree with a Clarice style tree on it. It also reminds me of the artwor in cat in the Hat books too.
The tiles were designs from Clarice Cliffe plates. below are some plates I hand coloured and fired in my oven at home. I displayed them in my kitchen which also housed an 8 foot by 4 foot mosaic based on a Clarice Cliff plate. On the back i wrote 'After Clarice Cliff' so I couldn't be accused of forging her plates.
I love the graphic outline style and the bright powerful colours.