Traits of Perception


As a ceramicist, my practice aims to communicate and show awareness about the autistic condition through exploring common traits and behaviours such as difficulty expressing emotion, struggling managing changes and a strong sense of not fitting within self or society. These issues are expressed through ideas of fragmentation, fracturing and dilemmas associated with touch and handling.

The head form and facial features are explored as a vehicle for expression as this is the part of the body that tells us the most about an individual’s mood, personality, and state of mind. The use and application of colour, pattern and surface treatment reinforces these ideas. Everyone might recognise some of these behaviours so although coming from an autistic perspective my work can also speak more broadly to non-sufferers or even trigger recognition in those not yet diagnosed.

I aim to challenge perceptions, leading towards a better understanding of the autistic condition visually, physically, and emotionally through engagement with my work.

Ceramic Collection dipicting traits of autism


       Wall Hanging Heads


Title: Liberating Suppression

Media: Black clay and Ivory Stoneware Clay

Dimensions: Each Large half head: H23.5cm W11cm D8.5cm. Each Medium half head: H21cm W8cm D8cm. Small head: H17cm W13.5cm D5.5cm (Mounting stencil inclued)

Amount: 5 piece set. £750 + P&P

Photographer: Mario Popham

The face is the part of the body that tells us the most about an individual’s mood, personality, and state of mind.

With some autistic people, this can sometimes be difficult to express or understand, which is why the facial features are simplified creating a un-expressional face, to subtly express the common trait of the emotional barrier. With this piece the heads are liberating trapped emotions and thoughts, while other feelings are still suppressed.

 

Title: Fitting In

Media: Ivory Stoneware Clay

Dimensions of head size: H20.6cm W15.3cm D8cm. (Hanging jigsaw pieces can be adjusted)

Amount: 1 piece, £700 + P&P

Photographer: Mario Popham

Some autistic people experience isolation of having to change or be force to fit in or act to different audiences, societies and situations, without being able to be themselves. Because they are either misunderstood or discriminated.

 

Title: Confusion

Media: Smooth Black Clay

Dimensions: H20.6cm W15.3cm D8cm.

Amount: 1 piece, £300 + P&P

Daily conundrums can start off small and build to become mass confusion.

 

Title: Ups and Downs. When handling every day experiences and situations an autistic person’s emotions are either up or down, from highly excited to border depressive.

Title: Ups and Downs

Media: Ivory Stoneware clay

DImensions of each head: H24cm W10.5cm D9cm  

Amount: 2 piece set, £543 (SOLD)

When handling every day experiences and situations an autistic person’s emotions are either up or down, from highly excited to border depressive.


Title: Motions of Emotion

Media: Black clay

Dimensions: Each individual piece H12.5cm W8.8cm D4cm. (As a 5 set display H 75cm W8.8cm). 

Amount: 5 peice set, £431 + P&P

On the outside of an autistic person’s reaction, the onlooker will see the constant motion of frustration and desensitisation, which shows only the trait of the emotional chaos from within, this is due to the emotional barrier preventing the autistic person expressing themselves.


Title: Data Congestion. Due to the processing delay when an autistic person tries to digest too much information, it takes longer to process and can cause them to have information overload, which can lead to confusion in the brain and possible metal shutdown.

Title: Data Congestion

Media: Ivory Stoneware clay

Dimensions: Each piece is H20.6cm W15.3cm D8cm. (As a 2 set display H 24cm W15.3cm). 

Amount: 2 piece set, £323 + P&P (SOLD)

Due to the processing delay when an autistic person tries to digest too much information, it takes longer to process and can cause them to have information overload, which can lead to confusion in the brain and possible metal shutdown.


Title:  Sensory Overload

Media: Black clay

Dimensions: H20.6cm W15.3cm D8cm

Amount: 1 piece, £313 (SOLD)

Many people on the autistic spectrum have difficulty processing everyday sensory information. These senses include: Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste and Touch. Too much of these sensory input can coarse: stress, anxiety, and possibly physical pain. This can result in challenging behaviour, withdrawal or meltdowns to those effected.


Standing Heads


Title: Confusion

Media: Smooth Black Clay

Dimensions: H20.6cm W15.3cm D8cm.

Amount: 1 piece, £300 + P&P

Daily conundrums can start off small and build to become mass confusion. Inside the vessel shows abstract illustrations of lifes conundrums autistic people go through, within a chaotic explosion of colours translating the overload of mixed emotions.

(This Ceramic head can be used as a decorative piece or a vase).

 

Title: Highs & Lows of Missing Pieces 

Media: Ivory Stoneware clay

Dimensions: H16.5cm W24cm D18cm

Amount: 1 piece with 2 sided head, £490 + P&P

The use of Jig saw pieces translates how autistic people have to be nurtured or teach themselves body language, eye contact and social interaction, which comes naturally to an average person. The facial distortion and explosion of colours inside represents the inner feelings of autistic person. 


Title: Resistance of Change

Media: Black clay

Dimensions: H30.65cm W30 D16cm

Amount: 2 pieces, Each piece is £940 + P&P

Autistic people need a routine to enable them to manage their condition, once a sudden change or overload of changes interrupts there system it takes away their control, causing the Autistic person to become frustrated ending in possible breakdown.


Title: Missing Pieces

Media: Ivory Stoneware clay

Dimensions: H16.5cm W8cm D8cm

Amount: 1 piece, £130 (SOLD)

An autistic person has to teach themselves body language and social skills, which usually comes naturally to the general public, causing them to feel made up of missing pieces.