Site 6. Lucy Tolan  
Sorry, I’m unable to fire anything right now 
Stoneware, glaze, underglaze 
Blue Tile Vessel 
L180 x W130 x H280 mm  
Beige Tile Vessel
L160 x W160 x H140 mm  
Black Tile Vessel
L170 x W130 x H240mm

Lucy Tolan is an artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts  at RMIT in 2018 specialising in ceramics. Lucy wants her work to occupy the space where architecture and landscape meet. With  repetitive patterns and bold colour, her objects are informed by modernist architecture and  have textile like qualities, combining soft and hard. She is concerned with juxtaposing form  and texture to create both tension and harmony. Lucy hand builds her work using a combination of pinch and slab building techniques. She collects and creates repetitive textures using natural and self-made objects.

Lockdowns have offered me the opportunity to pause and intimately sit with myself, reimagining my identity and perception of self. A time to dream about who I could be and want to be. 

For this project I have used vessels created prior to lockdown, as I’m unable to fire new work during this time. The first was created in early 2020, another in March 2021 and the last in  June 2021; it’s final firing occurred during the week between lockdown five and six. Each  vessel contains memories of a different time, prompting reflection on my changing  perception. 

The construction of the vessels reflects a change in self as I encourage the making process to  be as fluid as possible. I construct the vessels one tile at a time, allowing the form to be built up organically, changing with every new segment. If I’m bound to an idea of the finished vessel, I limit the opportunity for intricacies to occur as the object evolves.