Landscapes, textures and beach-combing all play their part in the evolution of Peter’s work. Peter tries to achieve opposites of rough and smooth by building up layers of textured clay combined with the burnishing and polishing of surfaces.
In 1972 Peter went to study ceramics in Lesotho, where he was privileged to work with the Basotho. They have a unique way of making burnished pots. Unlike the Zulu's black burnished work, the Basotho pots are bright red; sometimes orange. Though the method and tools are very basic, the finished surfaces are wonderfully smooth to the touch. By using a polished pebble, usually gathered from the riverbank, the leather hard surface is rubbed and polished to compress the clay. By adding red slip to the surface, which has been very finely ground, a highly polished burnished surface is created.
The Basotho use dry cow dung for firing the pots. The pots are usually placed upside down to create a pyramid shape. The dry cow dung is then packed all around and covered with various bits of corrugated iron and flattened out metal oil drums and then set alight.
Size: 570mm x 400mm
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