‘A vessel is formed from a lump of clay with care, however, it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful.’ Lao-tzu [604 – 531 BC]
Tanya’s pieces are thrown and sometimes hand finished using the vessel as a way to express a quality of strong, quiet permanence.
They are simple and elemental, using porcelain, stoneware and earthenware bodies. The surface is frequently left bare, highly polished or worked with metal oxides and other glaze materials to produce hard, dynamic but essentially organic, lithic qualities.
She is interested in the edges of vessels, their form, material structure and surface, but also in their group dynamics, in their relationship to each other and the architectural spaces they inhabit.