Bowled over by Blake

The quiet beauty of pottery

Put some ice cream in here and it's basically aesthetic perfection
Put some ice cream in here and it's basically aesthetic perfection

There's a sense of calm in Judy Blake's Quiet Beauty. Perhaps it's the mixture of the warm colours on her large pottery pieces that gives her work a deep sense of wonder and discovery. Blake cleverly uses shades of light and bright colours to contract with her neutral tones to create a soft aesthetic to her work. Using the saggar-firing technique, the pots were fired in a clay container with a variety of combustible materials such as sawdust, copper and seaweed. The result is a series of unusual, unpredictable and eye-catching patterns. Number 50 is a great example of bleeding colours on the pottery and number 69 shines in pure black. Look out for the sunlight in number 60, a pottery dish with a black centre but with radiating colours on the edges. But Blake's standout piece is definitely number 57---large and brass, the inside black-and-white coating with the bright shades of colour on the outside serve as a perfect contrast for day and night. --Julie Sobowale

To July 11, Studio 21 Fine Art, 1223 Lower Water Street,

420-1852

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