J Kay Aplin – Architectural Ceramics
I moved from Sweden to England in 1994 to study Ceramic Design at Central saint Martin’s in London. During the summers I worked as an assistant to ceramic artist Kate Malone, where I for the first time got to experience how exuberant and large as life ceramics could be. Coming from minimalist Sweden, I had never seen pots like that before.
I achieved my BA hons degree in 1997 and took a managerial position in a traditional London pottery. Then I moved with my husband and new born baby Jack to Weston-super-Mare to set up a production studio where we tackled any ceramic product our clients wanted making, mainly cast and minimal looking things.
I focus on making a basic shape and then dressing it in hand modelled sprigs, lifting it from the surface and continuing beyond the rim, to give each piece a sense of movement.
After a while making flowers on the vases, I wanted to see how they would look as individual pieces. I set about developing designs loosely based on real flowers. To me the importance is not to duplicate nature, but to evoke in the viewer a smile that one automatically gets when seeing the wonders of colours and shapes in nature.