‘Stories told through ceramics’ continues to explore and bring forth various ceramic articts who make a social commentary through their explorations.
David Rhys Jones, artworks are a form of social documentary that record the mix of cultures and architecture found in the modern day metropolis. His work is based on journeys or site-specific locations, and recorded using photographs and drawings. Often his journey are with reference to historical journey of an artist/people reflecting upon their experiences and adding to them a contemporary commentary through his own journey.
David is now starting to apply his concept and techniques to a range of materials and to a larger scale for public art, one of the examples being sculpture for Spitalfields.
Images courtesy davidrhyjones.com
Barnaby Bardfords works with found objects, and giving them new meaning, his work very often is a story in itself and deals with class differences.
Barnaby Bardford, ‘Damaged goods’ http://www.barnabybarford.co.uk/image_gallery/damaged_goods
In his animated movie where he used ceramic figurines to construct a narrative he tells a tragic story, played by porcelain figurines residing in a bric-a-brac shop. It explores notions of forbidden love, material wealth and class divisions using traditions of value within ceramics, while also turning the classic ‘rags to riches’ plot on its head with an unexpected twist. “The shelves in the film become the entire world for the characters,” Bardford explains, “they represent different strands of society not necessarily through breeding but through material wealth with the top shelves adorned with lavish crystal, silver and gold objects while the floor is only occupied by broken discarded items.”