Eunice Botes’s work is about “telling a story” and combines her love of form and drawing.
She likes to illustrate through “clay etchings” with little clay “sprigs” attached to the form, to tell of a world in which small acts of everyday life reveal themselves in fine detail.
Her passion is the outdoors, especially the South African Bushveld where she finds much of her inspiration.
The design is drawn into the porcelain work when it is leather hard and the raised modelled designs (sprigs) are applied onto the work. The work is dried slowly and after the first firing (1000 °C) is sanded and the black slip carefully painted into the incised lines and sanded again. Glaze is applied inside the vessels as well as in the incised lines and then fired to 1240 °C. After the glaze firing (1240° C) the work is wet/dry sanded again.
Eunice’s new work explores porcelain and its endless yet daunting possibilities. Her new venture is coloured porcelain clay!