Terra Cotta Platter, Carpet Design by Pollie and Garry Uttley is a ceramic piece inspired by the tribal textiles, architecture, the colours and patterns found in everyday objects. Their richly decorated wall panels and platters are folded, stitched and glazed to capture the colours and spirit of India.
Pollie and Garry Uttley
Pollie and Garry Uttley first visited India in 1995 and returned for their second visit only three months later. So far they have made 20 more trips, this was to provide the inspiration for their richly decorated wall panels and platters. The tribal textiles continue to be a constant source of inspiration but increasingly many other aspects of India such as architecture, colour and pattern found in everyday objects have been included in their work.
In 2013/14 they spent a month in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the heart of India. The tribal markets and the superb tribal museum in Bhopal have been the source of recent work. Drawing on their background of painters, they use a white earthenware body and a wide variety of techniques to produce surface decoration which includes impressing and applying, printing and painting, folding and stitching and an extensive use of lustres to capture the richness of fabrics and colours of India. It is the use of pattern and decoration that is of more interest than form in their work.