Title: Teapot with Tea Bird
Artist: Kevin Andrew Morris
Profile: My most recent work, which I completed for my honors degree project, Bird table (ware), Teahouse consists of a series of ceramic objects (Teapots, Bowls and Birdhouses) and their relevant counterparts (Birds and Teabags). It looks at the idea of function and ornament questioning how the audience would make use of these objects and what environment they would be found in. The idea of object, material and environment is central to my current work, be the objects found (or placed) in a natural environment or with in our own man made habitats. How we interact within nature and our attempts to contain, harness or even contribute to it though objects is very interesting to me, I try to translate this in the work I do at the moment. My means of expressing this is through craft and more specifically ceramics. I primarily use slip cast stoneware as I enjoy the repetition, yet play that the process allows. I tend to work mainly in batch production. My current work is generally once high fired and polished on the exterior to highlight the materials natural qualities; selected elements are spray glazed to finish the pieces. My work is designed to be functional yet playful, challenging the material and meaning of domestic objects. My Inspiration ranges form traditional Japanese ceramics to Contemporary Design groups such as Droog.