As a process-driven maker, what I do with clay starts with foraging in friends’ compost bins, gardens and recycling collections. Like a little pack rat I drag collected things to the studio, such as flowers, vegetable and plant roots, and a range of man-made materials and objects like egg cartons, clothes, foam, insulation and bed springs. I dip them in special clay slip, adding layer upon layer of clay.
This work is generated from a place of making. I just do, and in the doing, ideas and reasons for producing the work evolve during the process. It’s not until assembling the work that it fully takes shape.
Blue Black was born in Christchurch in 1957. He joined a pottery course with Margaret Riley in the late 1980s and gained a Certificate in Fine and Applied Arts at the Whanganui Regional Community Polytechnic in 1991. He received a diploma in Ceramic Arts at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin in 1994 and subsequently a BFA and MFA also at Otago Polytechnic.
In 2008 he was a finalist in the Wallace Art Awards. In 2014 he was the winner of the Lysaght Watt Trust Art Award, Hawera, and included in the Portage Ceramics Awards, Auckland.