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Tannahill, Jennifer

I have a background in film animation and fine arts. What I enjoy about ceramics is the tactile, intimate experience of each piece. I use mostly hand building techniques with slabs and pinch-pots, employing a variety of clays; porcelain, and stonewares fired in an electric kiln. I explore different surface decoration techniques that include painting, drawing and screen printing. I enjoy the meditative mark making of drawing directly on the piece.

I hand-build porcelain vases that are adorned with delicate, wilted flowers drawn using an underglaze pencil. The finished pieces resemble charcoal drawings on folded paper, capturing the fleeting nature of life and decay. Through my work, I aim to create a sense of poignancy and nostalgia, inviting the viewer to consider the transience of all things. The contrast between the enduring physicality of the vase and the ephemeral nature of the depicted flowers serves as a reminder of the impermanence of life and the importance of cherishing the present moment. The vases are a celebration of the cyclical nature of life and a tribute to the beauty that can be found in fleeting moments.

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