Dark fired stoneware
19cm H x 10cm W
Scott McNeil’s figures are generally formed in fine stoneware clay, sometimes embellished with a dark patina after firing. The immediacy and raw complexity of the media has become enduringly attractive, both a departure and a continuation of earlier ideas explored on canvas.
Scott says of his work: ‘The clay body has a beautifully simplified palate, and the process allows for fast and uncomplicated paths into a creative flow. I feel the clay to be a highly suggestive body that brings about, through physical, conceptual and spontaneous negotiations, an animated, and structurally cohesive form.
“I feel the patina is an integral intervention, for it to weather the piece, to make it heavier, more grave, more rude than natural ceramic. It is always exciting to find how much it reveals and what it obscures.”