Virginia Graham

1997 - 2000 University of Wales Institute
BA (Hons) Ceramics

Everyone has objects and possessions that they are passionate about and value most highly. Often these objects are not valuable in monetary terms bur are simply every day things that evoke memories and experiences. For this reason they are propelled to a higher status than was originally intended.
My attention is drawn to the collector who consciously hoards objects. I make teapots and tea services because they are the ultimate in collectable ceramics, they are also ordinary objects that are instantly recognisable to the onlooker. I am fascinated by the way in which these objects, that were originally intended for use, are often collected and displayed behind glass never to be used for fear of betraying their new found status.
I use a combination of slip casting and hand building techniques to create forms with many components, often recreating objects and placing them out of context. For example, I frequently use a tap as a mug handle or a teapot lid. Their surfaces make reference to utilitarian wares from industrial ceramic history, including mocha ware, Cornish ware and blue and white porcelain.
Floral transfers and metallic lustres are the finishing touches to create eclectic pieces that are precious and collectable yet ordinary and familiar.
All pieces are stoneware and fully functional.