"I move between looking at loads of things that humans have been making with this stuff beneath our feet and then leave all that and just think -what can I make today? You form a bubble to work within and against. Things that come with inherent funniness, comic
clumsiness, organic fecundity... popcorn, mudplops - small explosions; or things that you instinctively want to veer away from ... ( pod forms, autumn poplars, fireside spaniels) - all material to start with.
Paying attention to clay in all it’s states, timing, working against gravity, acknowledging that you never have complete control, the phenomena of accident and chance, the dynamics between intention and luck.
You’re making a kakariki with it’s yellow crown and the glaze runs so you have bird with poop on it’s Head, instead."
Madeleine Child has pursued the study of ceramic and glass in
New York, Lisbon, and London where she received a BA(Hons)
Camberwell School of Art ,Masters from the Royal College of
Art and Advanced studies Central St Martins College of
Madeleine's extensive training and travel can be seen
technically and conceptually in her work whether reflecting the
distinctive colour and vibrancy of Mexican pottery or the
playfulness in faux chocolate Easter bunnies. Her work evokes a
sense of sentimentality that is, at times, countered with darker
intonations as in Sweet As, a collection of intensely
colourful popcorn. Buying her children coloured popcorn she became
"fascinated by its fleshy gorgeousness, organic fecundity and
forbidden fruitiness" creating hundreds of giant ceramic popcorn
pieces sparking with colour to comment on food politics and
Madeleine has received awards in prestigious competitions such
as the Noresewear Art Awards, Waiheke Ceramic Awards, Gold Coast
International Ceramics Art Awards, Sidney Myer International
Ceramics Awards, and NZ Society of Potters Awards. Her work
features in private and public collections internationally
including the Frans Hals Museum in the Netherlands, Shepparton Art
Gallery in Australia, the Dowse in Lower Hutt, the Otago Museum,
and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Emmanuel Cooper included
Child in his 2000 publication 'Ten Thousand Years of Pottery'
distributed by the British Museum Press.
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