Bird Diary, ANU School of Art
Found objects, sandblasted, ceramic overglaze media; slipcast porcelain, ceramic under and overglaze media
Photography: Brenton McGeachie

This work formed the studio component of my PhD, 'Ceramic objects and the articulation of Place'. Connecting ceramics and nature/place is a well worn trope but I argued that one way to make a connection meaningfully was to document real time experience.  To do this, and using birds as a way of signifying 'nature', I embarked on a project of bird watching, recording what I saw and when on a variety of found and handmade ceramic objects. The resulting Bird Diary was grouped into spring, summer, autumn and winter sightings, with each showing a bird or birds spotted in my local area and the date seen.

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