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55th National Exhibition
Ceramics NZ - Student Competition 2015
Nicolette Brodnax - Merit Award Winner

Apart from the Premier Award this was one of the top four scoring students in the judges' listing.
Title
Traction
Dimensions
L = 26cm, H = 23cm, W = 16 cm
Comment
Our unit was 'Narrative ceramics' (family history). Our brief was COHESION within the piece, particularly to ensure that the surface treatment was congruent with form and subject matter. 'TRACTION' is a tribute to my great uncle who collected engines and to a vivid memory I have as a small child riding on them at an A and P show. These steam engines are Behemoths. I remember incredible size, an incomprehensible power yet silent; simultaneously shiny, oily and sooty as the buffed and polished engine was quickly coated in ash and grease. I wanted to convey; heaviness, gloss, soot and have credibility or 'integrity' in the piece. I researched how steam engines work and are put together. The engine is accurate. Raku was perfect for the piece; it even smells of soot. I was careful not to wash it too well. Copper lustre on BRT produced the odd highlighting flash and lots of oily industrial metallics. The engine body was fired in one nerve-wracking piece but it took two days firings to get all the components to meet the vision. Traction is hand-built from slabs with the wheels cast from a model cannon then carved. The axles are metal to take the weight. I remember being in such trouble for getting my summer dress filthy. It was worth it.
Address
18 Brooklyn Road
Hamilton 3214

Email/Phone
nbrodnax@actrix.co.nz
Institution
Otago Polytechnic

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