Fundamental to John Parker’s pre-eminence as a ceramic artist is a preparedness to define, restrict, and then repeat. His works are hand-built forms - variously cones, cylinders, jugs, and orbs with surface treatments that reveal his colourist’s sensibility and the rhythms of incised patterns.
Parker uses the space surrounding each work – and between various works - to objectify the work itself. He is thinking of each work in a sculptural way. Although none of the works are in themselves large-scale, the role played by this surrounding or “between space” asserts a role which means that the work(s) occupies a considerably larger area than at first revealed.
This exhibition of new work sees (2010 Art Laureate) John Parker exploring red, white, black and crackled surface treatments. The objects sit within his well-defined oeuvre and within that further extend his customary dialogues.