These words were written by Claudi Casanovas, the Catalonian artist working with ceramics and whose work I admire enormously.
I quoted them at the beginning of my talk in York. They sum up so much of what I have come to understand about my own creative journey (referred to in the earliest posts of this blog). They will touch people across all creative disciplines.
I was introduced to this artist’s work by someone on the first course I ran for the V&A (sorry, I’m not sure I made a note of your name, but thank you). On hearing me talk of being inspired by integral structure and image manifest in the ceramics of Ewan Henderson and others, a book was brought in the next day.
Claudi Casanovas, Split bowl, 1987.
Stoneware, mixed clays, including clay from Moutiers-en-Puisaye, c.50cm diameter.
I find the raw physicality yet stillness of the pieces held within this book’s pages, exciting and profound. The continual questioning and challenging of Casanovas’ journey is evident in both works and words.
I feel these words most keenly. How many times have we been there…
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich has a superb collection of contemporary ceramics and it is there I saw my first piece of Claudi Casanovas’ work (below).
Claudi Casanovas, Large wall plate, 1989.
Stoneware, mixed clays, c.150cm diameter. Collection of Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich.
I deeply regret missing an exhibition of his work at Galerie Besson, London in October this year. Nothing can replace the experience of direct visual contact but this gallery has been showing Casanovas’ work for twenty years and has built up an extensive archive.
Birks, Claudi Casanovas, 1996, Marston House ISBN 1 899296 14 X