Raku clay, acrylic paint, mixed media.
Quarenteenietown is a mobile ceramic sculpture featuring a COVID-19 cloud hovering ominously over a tiny ceramic town. Each tiny house and shop was hand-sculpted, hand painted and measures about 1"x1". I started this project during lockdown and created a piece a day which I posted to Instagram with a daily blurb about the piece and related events of the day. The town hangs from the ceramic COVID cloud which I hand built. The whole piece is cold glazed so that I could quickly paint on a daily basis.
As well as creating ceramic work, I am also a graphic designer who works out of home. I primarily sell my art through galleries and markets, but I also have some additional sales through the internet. My freelance graphic art work is mainly for regular customers; some additional work comes from word-of-mouth contacts. My freelance graphic design opportunities have almost dried up completely. Long-promised work, including the design of a complete book, has been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. I am fortunate to have a roof over my head, my family and my art. I am using my extra free time to continue to produce my ceramics. This pandemic has given me the opportunity to create a new body of work which I am very excited about.