Sally Stubbings, Artist in Residence

Nantgarw - Sally work 3 Nantgarw - Sally work 2 Nantgarw - Sally work 1My current work has been inspired by Blanc de Chine produced in Dehua, the capital of the Fujian Province in Southwest China.

This came about as a direct result of a visit to the Fragile Exhibition at the National Museum of Wales.  I was very interested in a small bowl which had been produced at the Bow factory in London.  I researched this item and found that the influence for the bowl was Blanc de Chine.

Blanc de Chine refers to the ‘White of China’ and it is the quality of surface that can be achieved in the porcelain that has inspired my work.  I am also intrigued by the fact that Dehua was often left with part of a foot unglazed in order to show the ‘nature and beauty of the underlying clay’.

I have always felt that when you completely enclose porcelain with a glaze, something is lost.

The other influence on this body of work came as a result of attending a print making course.  I fell in love with the patterns that are produced with this media.  I then worked on the surface of the clay with an erosion technique which has given me the marks that I searched for in my work.

Some of my pieces have colour applied to the inside in order to add a contemporary twist and also to add an inner warmth.

Ysbrydolir fy ngwaith cyfredol gan Blanc de Chine a gynhyrchir yn Dehua, prifddinas Talaith Fujia yn Ne-orllewin China.

Mae Blanc de Chine yn cyfeirio at ‘Liw Gwyn China’ ac ansawdd wyneb y porslen sy’n ysbrydoli fy ngwaith.  O ddiddordeb arbennig i mi yw’r ffaith gadewid llestri Dehua yn aml gyda rhan o’r gwaelod heb ei wydro er mwyn dangos ‘natur a harddwch y clai sylfaenol’,

Rwy’n ychwanegu lliw i’r ochr tu fewn er mwyn ychwanegu naws gyfoes i fy ngwaith a hefyd i ychwanegu cynhesrwydd mewnol.