Chuck Joseph, Von Tempsky Life and Death (2016), ceramic centerpiece.
Photograph: Sam Hartnett
Please join artists Mark Goody and Chuck Joseph in conversation with curator Anna Miles, to discuss their ornamental ceramic works in Vanished Delft: Handmade Material Culture at The Pah Homestead.
Chuck Joseph is enamoured of the elaborate ceramic centrepiece that was a familiar feature on an 18th-century fine dining table, writes Anna Miles. His ceramics are imaginative concoctions that offer wry mediations on the underlying dangers of life. Von Tempsky Life and Death is a menacing and extravagant lime green trophy overloaded with folklore, depicting the legend of Gustavus von Tempsky.
Mark Goody‘s Clark the Crum Dog revisits the salt-glazed mantel dog, an industrially produced pet descended from the Chinese Foo dog via some “overly refined Staffordshire forebears”. Goody is also commemorating the Chum Brick and Tile Company, established in New Lynn in 1905. His interest in the pottery was stirred after discovering his West Auckland neighbour had worked there for 50 years – that pioneer studio potters Len Castle and Peter Stitchbury used to slip pieces into the pipe kilns at Crum added to the pottery’s lustre.