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- 15 December 2015
Ceramicist Adam Buick begins with the simplicity of Korean Moon Jars, traditionally made in pure white porcelain. Buick has adopted this lunar form as a ‘canvas’ for his work, onto which he records his observations of place from his home in Pembrokeshire, by either digging local clay or rolling natural materials from the land into the material, before working it on the wheel. The finish on each of the vessels is unique and unpredictable. Transformative textures and colours are the result of a chemical reaction between the clay and earthy inclusions during the wood firing process.
Sharon Adams explores the essential qualities of tools by using natural and organic materials such as wood, yarn and animal hair to produce intricately constructed kits and abstract devices. Adams’ work process is based on the idea of seven principle tasks - brush, scoop, poke, cut, rake, look and hit. Each tool evokes one or more of these functions, whilst remaining without or with little practical use. Viewers are invited to question the purpose of these pleasingly delicate items, imagining what they might be used for.
Touchstones Rochdale is managed by the Link4Life Cultural Trust and is located on The Esplanade, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ. We are open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm. For further information call 01706 924492 or visit www.link4life.org/touchstones.