Tuesday, 6 October, 2015

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Gillian McMillan combines a true love for birds, a fine eye for colour, hands which have learnt to mould clay, and a free-flying imagination ready to form a bird into a jug, or a jug into a bird. Either way, the combination of bird form and jug shape is without pretense. The splendid Rooster in this show asserts loudly, "I am a very fine Rooster, and a most effective jug." In fact the Rooster, some fifteen years ago, was photographed by Gillian in the small pottery village of La Bome in France.

Description: Gillian McMillan
Gillian writes of "exploring the amazing variety of shapes and colours in the world's bird population. I play with the possibility that the birds can be jugs or other functional vessels. Some are uniquely imaginary, and some are coloured using real species as inspiration. For each bird I make a drawing and decide how to break it into the thrown shapes. The legs are merely indicated, sometimes forming a pedestal...or becoming part of the jug's volume. It amuses me to consider how I can throw beaks, tails and heads. It's important to me that the viewer can discern the methodology..."

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