Sheila Madder - Sheila Madder Ceramics

I work in slip cast coloured porcelain, using contrasting and complimenting colours to enhance form and shape. Layers of porcelain are built up then worked back to reveal the colour beneath. The inside is glazed and outside is sanded smooth.
The juxtaposition of glazed and naked porcelain enhances the appearance and feel of the piece.

Two main philosophies, The Slow Movement, and Emotionally Durable Design inspire my work. The pots have been created with this in mind. The carvings represent my fingerprints upon the piece, the maker leaving their handprint on the work.
The Slow Movement is a philosophy that advocates a cultural shift towards slowing down life’s pace. It is a cultural revolution against the notion that faster is always better. The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail's pace. It's about seeking to do everything at the right speed. Savoring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible. It’s about quality over quantity in everything from work to food to parenting. My work aims to create a connection with the user to the piece, causing the user to want to slow down and enjoy their food or drink.
Emotionally Durable Design is a philosophy created to aid in the reduction of waste, landfill and consumption. The concept is to evoke a connection with the product to avoid the desire to replace it with the latest trend. I aspire to create a connection between the pot and user through the use of touch. The pieces have my “fingerprints” carved in to them, creating a memory of the maker within the pottery. When the user drinks or eats from the piece, they feel the tactile sensation of the fingerprints left in the ergonomic shapes of the pots. Over time and repeated use this can create a bond from the user to the piece, reducing the desire to replace it and therefore reducing landfill and waste.


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