Pots and Paints, 9/6/2016-22/6/2016

Duo exhibition by two TMA members.

Free entry, open daily 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Malcolm Giladjian, Artist

Malcolm is of Armenian descent and comes from a line of Professional and Amateur artists.

He has been living and working from his home in Brittany, not far from the Pink Granite coast line.  This is where his boat painting started.  He has now returned to his family roots in Dorset.

Malcolm paints with oil acrylic and mixed media, his work has a visionary quality, charged with energy.

Born in Dover in 1953.  Brought up and education in Woking Surrey.   In 1988 Malcolm studied Art and Architectural Design at Brook House College of Art in Wiltshire and gained a Diploma with distinctions.

Post Graduate Studies in Central France in the Cher in the region of Berry and the Le Loire, he spent some time studying colour and sketching in Brittany, where he lived and where he worked along side fellow artist Denis Perrot.

He has now set up a studio and gallery at Broadwindsor.

Eddie Daughton, Potter

I work in clay, probably the humblest of materials, but yet including all the four usual elements; Earth, Water, Fire and Air:  Earth from the Clay that forms the pots, Water from the water that allows the clay to be soft and pliable, Fire from the firing process that enables the pot to become like stone again (but in a new shape), and Air from the atmosphere that we all breathe that enables us to see and know the pot for what it is.

My work explores a fifth element, no less important, the element of Story/Spirit/Memory the place where it all comes together to make the connections that allow us all to communicate.

My work is founded in the work of our ancestors from the Iron Age and beyond to the Bronze Age, and back even further, to the Neolithic, particularly from the West Country and Eire where designs were placed on stones and pots for use within ritual as well as (later, when the individual became important) in high status environments.

Building on this background in Archaeological science ( as well as the stories told to me by my grandmother) I now use some of these coding patterns to tell stories for the modern world, some of which may resonate within your soul.

My work does not try to repeat the work of the elders, but, rather, explores some of the pathways that they maybe would have taken if they had techniques and materials available to them that we have available in the modern world, such as glazes and colour and high temperatures.

I suppose, if asked, that it’s the thrill of exploration,
The “Eureka” moment when I open the kiln
The wonder of seeing flames licking round the things
That only days before
Were an idea
in my hands.

It’s about transformation,
Both of the clay and me

Becoming closer to the
“still point”
The centre
Round which it all revolves.

But still, at three in the morning,
As I will cone 10 to go over another 5 degrees
While the gas bottles freeze
And I sweat.
When “Relaxed Attention” turns into
Bored
Cold
Tired

Something keeps you at it

Being a Potter, I guess………