The Pottery Workshop, Room 305, 3/F Lyndhurst Building, 29 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Exhibition Period: 7 – 28 May 2021
The microscopic rotation of electrons around an atom, the rotation of earth on its axis, and its rotation around the sun; we are surrounded by an abundance of natural rotational energy. Geoffrey explores these rotational forces by relating them to the circular motion of the potter’s wheel. By focussing his energies on the wheel, all worldly worries disappear. They are instead replaced by an almost meditative calmness as he controls the centrifugal and centripetal energies while centring, lifting, and trimming the clay.
Rotation is a series of large ceramic sculptures that embody movement and appear like rotation in stasis. Each artwork displays the prominent throwing lines created by his fingertips as he lifts the soft clay while it turns on the potter’s wheel. After three days air-drying, the clay structure is carved and refined into its final sculptural form before being fired, glazed and re-fired in the kiln. Juxtaposed against these sculptures, Geoffrey shows a series of delicate ceramic bowls that also are refined after throwing, thereby ensuring a sense of motion which is further enhanced by his use of glaze. Two extremes, each fully reliant on the rotational motion, and demonstrating the versatility, of the potter’s wheel to create their distinct forms.