The ceramic work of Jo Keogh uses the language of the everyday vessel as the basis for exploration. Each unique object is formed in semi-porcelain using a series of traditional ceramic processes, taking advantage of the idiosyncrasies of both the hand-formed and the moulded, to produce vessels in which industrial refinement and the gestural marks of the maker are brought together.
Remnants of the making processes form an essential feature of the work. Thus throwing lines may be juxtaposed with remnants of the industrial processes of mould making and slip casting. The stitches and edges that are usually an unwanted by-product of the casting technique are not just allowed to become part of the piece, they are encouraged.
In terms of utility all pieces have the capacity to perform as they should, yet they have moved far beyond the purely functional. The vessels have become three dimensional sculptural forms. Each holding our attention through the disposition and interlocking of precisely defined planes and rhythmic organisation of space. They have a different presence, a rhythm that circumscribes the pot, followed by the gaze.
Jo Keogh is a ceramic artist working from her studio at Makers' Yard in Leicester's Cultural Quarter. In addition to her own practice Jo runs a number of pottery classes from her studio The Clay Room in Leicester City Centre.
Jo is a member of:
Craft Potters Association
Made in Leicestershire
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