The Ceramic House

J Kay Aplin – Architectural Ceramics

J Kay Aplin’s permanent ceramic and glass installations.

In addition to the large scale permanent wall reliefs all over the house and garden, I have installed other pieces of ceramic and glass work into The Ceramic House. Lighting, tables, windows a bar and a swarm of butterflies and dragonflies!

BURDON MOOR BUTTERFLIES AND DRAGONFLIES (Click here for full description)

Common blues, small coppers and damselflies ceramic applications.
Average dimension of each: 15 cm across
Gateshead Council commissioned me to create a piece of public artwork for Burdon Moor (2004), a plot of land previously used agriculturally, which was purchased by the council to turn it back into traditional moorland. I applied small ceramic pieces – butterflies, dragonflies and wildflowers – to two boulders, representing flora and fauna that will eventually populate the moor.

For the opening in 2011, I decided to recreate the fauna pieces and create an installation in the bedroom above the headboard that I designed for the bed and at the entrance into the bathroom. Then the creatures seemed cramped indoors, so I liberated them and now they are swarming up the back wall of the house.

CHELSEA LIGHT BOXES (Click here for full description)
Two corner light boxes each with a double facade of fused glass and ceramic mosaic. Dimensions: 0.9m x 0.25 m each panel
These fused glass and ceramic mosaic panels were an experimental project during my second year at Chelsea College of Art. There were originally five separate panels, however I redesigned these double-façade light fittings for the Tudor Kitchen.
BEACH BLANKET BABYLON BAR (Full description)
One of my degree pieces created whilst at Chelsea College of Art was the façade of a bar designed for Beach Blanket Babylon restaurant in Notting Hill, brought back to life with new oak housing.
Ceramic and stained glass applied to resin/fibre glass with internal light fitting. Dimensions: 1.6 x 1.4m
BARCELONA STAINED GLASS (Full description)

These stained glass cupboard doors are custom built into an alcove in the living room.The glass is recycled from a degree piece – a doorway for the Textile Museum, Barcelona – and this element is screen-printed  

leaded stained glass.I took it all apart and re-made it with additional sections to fit these doors. The electrician fitted lights inside each door and now I have another unique light feature in the living room. The antique glass creates a distorted effect through which it is just possible to glimpse the shelves full of books.

Click here to read the full post on my blog

COPENHAGEN CIRCLE RELIEF (Full description)

Ceramic relief Dimensions: 1.2m diameter
I lived in Copenhagen between 1997 and 1999 implementing art projects with people with special needs at Lavuk Youth Club and Laerkevej Day Centre. I made this circular relief during my stay there.
I have been collecting Victorian and Art Deco tiles for years, and, inspired by a pub bar in London, decided to tile my table with them. The table was designed specifically to receive the tiles and to fit the space. It is extendable, with a tiled section that folds down. I designed it to complement the Tudor tiles on the walls and the Copenhagen circle relief is mounted above it.
The Danish circles table was made with some tiles left over from a project when I lived in Copenhagen, where I set up art projects running workshops in two centres for people with disabilities between 1997 and 1999. One of my last projects was a wall relief at Laerkevej day centre, consisting of an assemblage of circles. I had a box of leftovers, and I even brought back one of the glazes, I liked it so much, and 13 years later I opened it and made some more Danish circles for the table.
The Victorian tiled table is made with some heavy Victorian tiles I bought in an antique shop in Brecon many years ago supplemented with a few hand made tiles to fill the gaps.

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