Flop House has commissioned a special exhibition of vessels by Ruth Laird, Fork Ceramics. Ruth has been a potter now for nearly a decade, her main attraction to the wheel being a strong connection to the earth.
In this latest series of works, Ruth has produced a series of magical vessels that may conjure up an Aegean shipwreck or perhaps a home for a genie? They remain earthy organic forms but are emboldened by gold glazed handles and decorative adornment.
“A keen gardener with a budding interest in permaculture, I feel that the earth is both giving and sustaining. From the earth, our sustenance grows and it has a genuine and responsive feedback mechanism. If we treat it well, it gladly reciprocates and our destiny foretells to it we shall all one day return. My work is largely functional and serves as a daily reminder of this honest relationship. It’s made to use and be enjoyed with every meal or to add an extra degree of pleasure to the small breaks we allow ourselves throughout the day.”
My formal education came through studying for a diploma of ceramics in both Holmsglen and Chisolm TAFE in 2011 & 2012. After this, kiln purchased and studio set up at home, my real practice began. I have been fortunate in that my work has graced many of Melbourne’s top restaurants as well as daily use around the homes of Australia.”