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Christine's work is wheel thrown and turned with high precision. She loves the symmetry of the wheel and the ability it gives her to control shape and form. She uses a very fine clay with no added grog. After turning, she burnishes the clay surface until the surface is completely smooth. The shapes she makes most are round, like the traditional clay containers made in the rural parts of Africa. The forms are smooth and flowing, because it appeals to her and also because it facilitates the process of burnishing.
Her pots are bisque-fired in an electric kiln and then saggar-fired using a gas-fired raku kiln. At present she uses salt, sawdust and copper in different combinations in the saggar. During the firing it leaves the random marks and colours on the slightly porous clay. A specific outcome cannot be predicted or expected. After the firing the pieces are cleaned and polished to a light sheen. This protects and enhances the work.
Christine has developed a range of beaded chokers to be worn as statement jewellery pieces. This has opened up a new perspective on her work which she will be exploring further.
New work by Christine Gittins will be in the gallery and on the website shortly.
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