Gold Ceramic Sphere Vase
A vessel for a single stem, Ikebana or as a design piece in its own right. Assembled from several components which have been shaped with the support of moulds the artist cast herself. The vases embrace texture and crumpled effects to show the quality of clay.
Gold /rust Australian clay, white gloss glaze. Stoneware. Electric fired to cone 6. Hand Initialled.
H 13 X W 10.5 (cm).
About the artist:
Carragh Amos, née Knapp, was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Her rural childhood established a strong connection with natural materials.
Amos holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Hons (1st Class) from Elam School of Fine Arts. Despite intending to become a painter, Amos focused on sculpture after experiencing strong emotions when viewing forms in space. Her thesis and ceramic-based graduate exhibition 'Handmade Aesthetics' considered the appeal of the handmade.
In 2014 Amos relocated to Wellington and laid a technical foundation at the Wellington Potters Association. She also held her first solo exhibition - Hand Labour (2015).
Amos has lived in various international cities including Singapore and Montréal. In Canada she built a body of work while sharing a ceramic studio under Atelier Creatifs. These works aimed to conjure emotions through form. Travelling throughout Japan had an especially profound influence - following this trip she adopted the reductive method of kurinuki. Returning to Singapore soon afterward (2019), Amos also found an influential mentor - wood-firer Abraham Ling.
Carragh Amos' practice moves between fine art and functional craft. Her pieces are influenced by historical pottery of the wider Asian region. Current work celebrates process, labour, and action through hand-built ceramics.