Ceramic Process

Trial assembly of Elemental Concerns, a sculpture group for the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Coloured slips and cloth textures were applied to its slabs during construction. Jim Robison's work is primarily ceramic sculpture - including small and large individual pieces, slabware vessels, and public commissions.

Artist's statement:

Current work is influenced by history, environment and process:

History - as found in geology, (natural processes of rock formation and weathering), and man's activities (structures, buildings and social events).

Environmental influences include the shape, colour and texture of surroundings, to which my Pennine Mountain location contributes much (particularly the dark dry stone walls and the patterns created upon the bright green fields).

Process refers to both the act of making (what happens during the manipulation of clay, slip, and glaze - always with one eye on the possible effects of firing!) and an awareness of the passage of time, changes that occur with events of nature and history. Individual slab pieces are created through a process, which includes using an antique mangle to roll and re-roll prepared sheets of clay. This creates broken edges and areas, which are stretched and stressed, generating their own feeling of history.

Slips are painted, combed, sponge printed and stencilled onto the clay providing contrasting colours and these are emphasised by applications of up to six glazes and the firing in the reduction atmosphere of a large gas kiln. Commissions often give me the chance to relate to particular locations, events and people, with an inevitable review of one's own place within the context of human activity. A challenge is enjoyed.

Commissioned work:

Undertaken for individuals (indoor or outdoor sites), businesses and public organisations.
Existing sites include:
Cambridge, London, Wilmslow, Wakefield , Jorvik Viking Museum in York, and most recently, relief sculptures for the entrance foyer of the Civic Hall in the local community of Holmfirth.

Selected exhibitions:

Exhibits extensively in the UK and Europe.
Studio Ceramics, Victoria and Albert Museum
Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London
Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
Tilbury Gallery, Belgium
Kremple Gallery, Germany
Amphora Gallery, Holland