“We are happy with the form – we love our pointy bottoms don’t we?!”
Trevor Lillistone and Su Trindle have workshops at the Bath Artists’ Studios. Trevor is a ceramic ar tist and Su is a silversmith and jewellery designer who works in silver and mixed media. Trevor turned to Su to develop work for Two Make:
“We share an aesthetic and love of line. We wanted an amalgamation of our work that was fluid and lovely to hold, and we wanted to do something different from our usual work.”
Su and Trevor shared in the design and technical development processes. Su develops new work by researching her designs, sketching, planning and resolving technical issues before she starts to make. In contrast, Trevor works directly with the clay to explore new forms, resolving technical issues as they emerge.
Trevor had frustrating periods of time overcoming the technical challenges of incorporating water erosion techniques with delicate hand thrown porcelain. They needed to agree the scale of the project, settling on a small bowl form that suited them both. They both wanted the design to have sharp definition and for there to be a dialogue between the porcelain, resin or acrylic.
Su and Trevor are candid about the challenges of working together : “We are both strong minded in our own ways, but we have been fairly willing to let go of our own obsessions.”
“We had a watershed grumpy day after the August holidays. Our ideas had shifted miles in the other direction from each other. We had a couple of weeks where there was friction because we were both worrying and not talking. I thought it could be a breaking point.”
“We had experienced frustrations in different ways. My problems were technically frustrating: the pots I was making from porcelain were distorting in the firing process. A lot of this work was up front for me which meant Su didn’t feel she was getting anywhere.”
“We had a session when we really stuck with it, and we reached a consensus. You have to be able to say what you think, which is not easy when you work alongside someone. It was hard, but it was an important moment. It was good in its way, because from that point we really committed, in our heads, to this project working. It prompted that creative spark where you move on and make that leap.”