Friday, 2 April 2010
POT OF THE MONTH - April 2010
Each Month our ceramic curator Stuart Dickens selects a pot which he feels has particular merit and this month Jill's very large Bird Jug is his choice.
Jill Fanshawe Kato’s work is distinctive and in a style which is redolent of her training in Japan - a country which she clearly loves.
To Jill birds are the embodiment of freedom. Not surprising therefore that, following a degree in Painting at Chelsea and Pottery in Japan, everything she makes in clay reveals this affinity. Travels in Mexico, Hawaii and frequent visits to and exhibitions in Japan, all add their influence in her use of colour, decoration and form.
This style of jug is beautifully designed and the line of handle and spout is an elegant signature to all the jugs in this series. It was Jim Malone that said that jugs need to strut and this jug has real presence. The decoration in panels set on unglazed clay is particularly affecting and reminiscent of techniques used by Josiah Wedgwood.