Review by Jas Bhachu
It didn't take much to get drawn into Olivia Walker's creations at the London Design Festival. Olivia's beautiful porcelain pieces spoke for themselves offering a peaceful corner in the London Design Fair where the public completely slowed down and investigated the body of work. There was a tremendous amount of delicacy and fragility to her work that had a magnetic effect and drew me in to find out more.
'I work in porcelain to create pieces that explore ideas of growth and decay through the build-up of complex surfaces. All of my pieces start by being thrown on the wheel before being built upon with thousands of individually-applied fragments of porcelain. I start from a set point on a bowl and let these organic accretions spread out – eating through or growing over the form beneath. They make reference to organisms – fungus, coral and bacteria – but are unidentifiable. This growth leads to the original bowl’s decay and collapse. It’s through this process of degradation that the strength and beauty of the piece emerges.'
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