‘Garden of Eden’ series
The apple has a long and fascinating history with many cultural and symbolic meanings such as life and love and the forbidden fruit from the ‘Tree of Knowledge’. My work incorporates a range of these symbols from different cultures using subjects like the Quail; a symbol of permanent relationship; the Lotus flower, symbolic of birth, rebirth and purity; Bamboo which is known for its strength and resilience; and the Snake and the temptation of Adam and Eve.
Most of my apples are made of near solid porcelain, a high-risk method which carries a large breakage rate. The heavier weight is necessary for the deep carving. I also like the feeling of this weight when held in the hand. Some of the decorative surface techniques I use is over-glaze and under-glaze painting, piercing and a skill which is rarely used today called Pâte-sur-pâte.