The initial inspiration for these porcelain pieces are the monoliths and standing stones in and around Wiltshire (UK). The base forms are adapted from a Liao Dynasty (916 - 1125AD) Chinese ‘saddle gourd’ (traveling flask) shape - a tall cylinder closed at the top. Saddle gourds traditionally held water (or other liquids) for use on long journeys and would have a corked drinking spout. In this case the forms are topped with 'lozenges' of coloured porcelain clay using a Japanese neriage (pronounced ner - ee - a - geh) technique. The lozenges represent the standing stones and monoliths in the county while the colours in them reflect the varied and rich history of the county.
These non-functional pieces aim to
be pleasing to the eye, having an air of playfulness. The plain stark white of the base acts as a support and provides a contrast to the vivid colours of the additions. The liquidity of the transparent glaze helps to
make a feature of the lozenges representing 'monoliths' or 'standing stones'. The crazing of the glaze on some pieces is a deliberate feature adding contours in the surface that the eye can follow. Each piece is