Steven James Will

Sun & Moon Plate Sets - Steven James Will

Steven James Will responded to our ‘Ritual’ - Midsummer Exhibition, by producing a collection of sun and moon plates.

“Wildflowers and herbs have long been associated with solstice celebrations. Especially at midsummer when growth and fertility is in focus. Others give protection from evil spirits and yet others were used in magic and fertility rites. As so much of my work links back to botany and walking, immortalising summer solstice plants in clay seemed a natural response for me.

Summer solstice is both the longest day and the shortest night and plants allied to the sun and the moon are in focus. The sun herb plates are made in gray stoneware coated in porcelain slip before the plants were applied. St John’s wort is probably the most emblematic summer solstice sun herb. Other sun herbs are represented by hawkbit, tree mallow, greater celandine, wood avens, yellow melliot and Pineapple weed. The moon herb plates are made in matching gray stoneware but only the wild carrot flowers are picked out in porcelain, being the chief moon herb. Other moon herbs include mugwort, ox-eye daisy, male fern, wormwood and white campion.

The names of the plants are written on the back of each corresponding plate in a continuous loop with a pin in the wet clay leaving a tactile, textured surface. All plants except the St John’s wort were picked in and around Bawdsey, Suffolk.’

Dimensions (approx):

Moon Plate Set :

Large Plate: Diameter: 29cm, Height: 2cm

Medium Plate: Diameter: 22cm, Height: 2cm

Small Plate: Diameter: 15cm, Height: 2cm

Sun Plate Set:

Large Plate: Diameter: 29cm, Height: 2cm

Medium Plate: Diameter: 22cm, Height 2cm

Small Plate: Diameter: 15cm, Height: 2cm

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Steven James Will

Steven Will’s pottery is located on the Suffolk coast, with much of his work rooted in the local landscape. Steven's colour palette is sourced from natural materials (mud, clays and wood ash) to decorate thrown and cast porcelain, the colours of the Suffolk coast.
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