Aquarius of Burslem can be found high up on the Wedgwood Institute on Queen Street, Burslem in the first alcove dedicated to the month of January. This is the month that shows a woman holding her infant – the symbolic infant new year with hand held high, gazing into the future.
It was 2014 that I took these photos – getting as much detail as I could so that I could draw them one day. It’s only taken me seven years but I am so happy to say that I have done it! I have drawn all the Wedgwood signs of the zodiac and the months and I am really excited to let you know that Barewall Burslem will be selling the original artwork. It felt fitting that the original artwork go back to the Mother Town and hopefully find homes with people who connect with and love this place.
It was back last September that I mentioned this body of work so let’s have a little refresher as to what I did for all my arty pals that read here.
Back in Staffordshire, I chose to work on some really weighty watercolour paper using natural pigments and gum arabic – making my own watercolour paint as I already have a selection of rich earth and mineral pigments.
Pencil sketched images from the Wedgwood roundels and building up using thin layers of pigment washes. The first one here is in English Yellow Ochre, then various red ochres added to build up the mosaic texture.
This is the point where I left them and moved up north.
The blues and greens of mineral pigment – the semi-precious stones crushed up to make colour is so fresh and bright – it felt fitting to use these to represent this mosaic artist’s beautiful work from back sometime around 1865.
I masked out the earlier work to frame the roundel in a deep rich red brick colour, adding texture by stippling on a darker red.
Here’s the full set of the astrological symbols. I added highlights of 23 carat shell gold to the mosaics to catch small sparkles of light.
These are all mounted and ready to fit a standard 12 inch square frame.
Each original artwork will shortly be on sale at £195 each from Barewall. If you are interested in one, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or kindly get in touch with Amanda at Barewall Gallery, Burslem.
I have also stocked my Etsy shop with some packs of greetings cards which you can buy here.
Thanks for reading and will post more on the months very soon!