To the lighthouse 2018
to the lighthouse
A commission from online gallery The Shop Floor Project to make a body of work based on descriptions of objects, patterns and characters in the 1927 novel by Virginia Woolf, ‘To The Lighthouse’.
A set piece description of a dinner party central to the book was a starting point for me to make plates, candelabra, cups, tiles and a cruet set all alluding to the main group of characters sitting around the dining table by candlelight at a dinner party. The set of eight plates were decorated in ‘Dieppe Delftware’ style inspired by Roland Collins’ collection in his London home and show quotes picked out almost at random from throughout the novel, handwritten in a cursive style that attempts to mimic Woolf’s own longhand written manuscripts. Taken out of context, these phrases bring to mind random snatches of poetry or passing thoughts.
A preoccupation with linking the European ceramic and decorative art styles of the past with the present day is very much in evidence with Katrin Moye’s ceramic practice. References to Georgian and Baroque interior design, Dutch still life and vernacular painting, Italian Majolica and European Delftware can all be detected in her work. Wheel-thrown multi part compositions, triple handled baluster jugs, fluted candlesticks and hand-built lidded flower bricks are exquisitely hand painted with coloured slips and underglazes. These traditional materials and techniques make her feel connected to the long and distinguished line of European makers of decorated earthenware that stretches back hundreds of years.
Katrin's creative output is very much animated by her education in History of Art and English Literature. Her pieces effortlessly marry the two subjects together with humour, joy and great sensitivity.