Oliver Morse wins the Emerging Practitioner in Clay Award with his work "House of Dee"

Post date: 24-Sep-2018 05:04:04

Judges' Comments

This enigmatic award-winning work could only have been made in the 21st century. In the genre which gained international prominence when Grayson Perry won the Turner Prize in 2003, the work of this practitioner is autobiographical.

The loosely made object is simply a canvas. Why is the vessel cut away? It reveals a figure inside. Is it the demon within? The theatrical figures on the exterior are interacting but it's not clear what they are doing or their relationships. The drawing is confident, lively and loosely executed (in keeping with the vessel itself).

Oliver brings his experience of painting and the theatre to his ceramics. He is someone who has been working with clay for less than two years yet demonstrates the potential to become a force in the medium in the future.

This epitomizes the reason for the Award being established.

Photos courtesy of Richard Wotton

The Award was announced by the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and can be seen on YouTube.