Most of Lydia’s ceramic work is functional, celebrating the duality of clay as a transient material. On the one hand, clay can be practical, purposeful and durable; on the other, fluid, sculptural and expressive. In these artworks, Lydia chose to celebrate the latter, and explore personal ideas of tactility, surface and colour, and indulge her obsession with geometry and tessellation.
These wall hangings present her Tessellating Originals pieces as arrays of colour and pattern. This work builds on themes explored in Lydia’s earlier study, Tactile Perception, which explored our perception of surfaces from different viewpoints, particularly referencing Alvar Aalto’s brickwork facades in Finland.
Firstly, the viewer is met by the framed object on the wall. As the viewer moves into the ‘middle distance’, the attention is pulled towards the ‘surface’ that is created with the mix of colour, depth and reflection that the composition creates. Quickly reaching the closest level, the individual cup is recognised as a tangible object again, with its own surface and qualities. In future exploration of this experience, Lydia looks to extend the ‘middle distance’ with much larger works, to be able to enjoy the immersive experience of a surface which is in fact made up of many smaller elements.
The frames have received as much attention as the array of cup components in each piece: the frames are inherent to the overall artwork. The frames have been handmade to Lydia’s exacting designs, featuring a mitred front edge, leading you directly into the piece. The backboard, which itself is set forward to showcase the work, features a shallow recess for each cup with sit within: a secondary frame to each special ceramic piece.
Large Frame: £2400
My First Year As A Ceramicist
The most personal work available here is the largest piece, ‘My First Year as a Ceramicist’, which presents many of the trials and triumphs of a self-taught ceramicist, that often come from the unpredictable but thrilling craft of combining clay, glaze and extreme heat.
Each component is of value to her; a lesson and a laugh contained within each tiny cup. Presented together in this large, colourful, tessellating arrangement, each piece falling into place as design intended, their flaws become celebrated as part of the whole display, providing character, delight and tactility to the piece, as the eye explores it.
Small Frames: £975 each.
Blue and Neutral Tones
These next two pieces focus on evoking an overall colour tone, through the use of these individual modules, which each present their own detail in surface and glaze. Each cup becomes akin to a pixel, playing with its neighbours and as part of the whole, to bring together an overall impression of colour, tone and mood. Similarly with the large frame, these works are Limited Edition, as the only versions of these works to be created.
Lydia’s work moves forward with larger scale and dimension, in particular with the Tessellating Collection.
Contact to purchase
Through 2018, these works have been exhibited at Thrown Contemporary Gallery, Highgate.
These works are available for collection only. Please contact Lydia directly if you would like to purchase these pieces.