Welsh potter, Rhian Jones, hand builds statement sized ceramic vessels with gold gilding. Since graduating with her ceramics degree in 2015 she has been perfecting the techniques of her ancient craft.
"My work explores fragility and resilience, the seemingly delicate balance shared by the entirety of existence"
Rhian uses the oldest known method of firing pottery, pit firing. The unpredictable nature of this method creates uncertain outcomes due to the ferocity and intensity of the firing. An array of organic materials are burnt with the wares, adorning them with beautiful colours and markings that could never be recreated. A true collaboration with nature.
The larger vessels almost always crack, caused by the stresses of rapid temperature changes of the open fire. In response to this, the pieces are reassembled and gilded with gold. The Eastern technique, Kintsukuroi (golden joinery) is the art of repairing broken pottery with gold, with the understanding that the piece is more beautiful having been broken.
Breathing new life into these ancient techniques, the amalgamation of Eastern practice with ancient mysticism results in a contemporary object of great beauty.