By Amy Douglas
Ceramic, metal, gold leaf, stone and granite.
Amy Douglas has restored ceramics for over 15 years. It was no means a passion and the perfectionism of the job wore her down. With a slight anarchic tick she started to do the wrong restoration for her own amusement. Having lived with these figurines as a child and having amassed a collection of 'brokens', her project involving narrative and quirky interventions on Staffordshire figurines has evolved. Amy only works with objects that are damaged, where the figurine is broken simply then dictates what she can do.
Amy loves the hand felt nature of these figurines the visual slurred aesthetic that comes with mass production made by man. They are folklore, heroes, theatrics, politicians and as the collector of English pottery Henry Willet (Brighton Museum) said 'the history of a country may be traced on its homely pottery…..on the mantelpieces of English cottage homes, representations of what its inmates or their forefathers admired, reverenced, trusted in a kind of unconscious survival of the Lares and Penates [household gods] of the ancients.'
My current body of work is focusing on this concept of making household gods for our homes in these extraordinary times.
This work is on show as part of Orna-Mantle-Pieces, A Staffordshire Pottery inspired show.