David Pottinger: Selected works, 2020
My work is an exploration of form through the interplay of colour, tension, rhythm and pattern in porcelain, utilising the ancient technique of Nerikomi. ‘Nerikomi’ (or ‘Neriage’) is a traditional Japanese decorative technique that involves the layering and stacking of coloured clay bodies (porcelain), and then cutting or slicing through the clay to reveal delicate striated patterns. My work is inspired by the palette of nature, the colours of the sky and trees, the water and the earth, the rhythms and shifts of the winds as the seasons changing from winter to spring. This work is also suggestive of the paradox of nature: constantly shifting, moving, growing and dying and yet remaining complete and whole.