Cynthia Vogler

Community / Language Group: Wakka Wakka & Turrbal Family 2014 hand-built slip resist ceramic 27 x 15 x 15 x 35cm

These artworks have been hand built. They were hand built using coils, and then bisque and Raku fired. I then applied slip resist. The slip resist is done by applying a slip, then a glaze over them. The artworks are then fired in a gas kiln to about 1000 degrees. They are then quickly removed and put into a ground pit with sawdust. When they are removed from the pit, the slip resist then pops off the pot, leaving interesting and unusual marks.

Raku is one of my favourite techniques, especially slip resist, as the spontaneity and randomness of the surface designs is always exciting.    

The art works represent my family. Families come in many shapes, sizes and personalities. As human beings we have many flaws and imperfections. Just like the marks on the pots.

Yet it is these wonderful and complex characteristics that make us unique as individuals and as first nation people.

Family is an intrinsic part of who we are, and we all have a role to play, sister, brother, aunty, uncle, mother, father, teacher, elder, leader. It is this connection to family and country that keeps us grounded.