The inspiration for this work comes from an observation of the omnipresent urbanization, in particular the skyscrapers with endless towers filled with thousands of pigeon holes – the new modern form of human dwelling destined to millions. The feel of space, the changing landscape and the concept of home/house/belonging are ideas that have been explored in this work.
With this installation, friends and memories of friendship are brought together. In addition to his own collection, Reyaz asked 14 other ceramicists to make a cup for him. Each cup is unique. Together, they tell stories of shared moments, past, present and future.
Gobekli Tepe is a pre-historic site in Turkey where archeologists have excavated monumental T-shaped stone structures which are carved with different animals and abstract symbols. The story behind this site is still unclear. Through this series Reyaz explores a connexion between past and present, investigating forms and designs from excavated structures, allowing the process of making to capture the essence of time.
In 2007-08 Reyaz went to Golden Bridge Pottery (GBP) in Pondicherry, India, on a residency programme and to assist Ray Meeker. During his stay at GBP Reyaz created a body of work inspired by his visit to Laddakh. He mostly worked in highly grogged stoneware clay and fired in a traditional Japanese wood kiln.
In 2009 Reyaz was awarded the prestigious Charles Wallace Fellowship which allowed him to follow an MA attachment programme in ceramics at Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD), UK. His time at CSAD changed his approach to clay as he explored surface decoration techniques, the use of colour and the process of working with plaster moulds.
Working with a new material means considering new possibilities. Using porcelain as a starting point for this series allowed me to depart from my usual practice and use new techniques in order to create unique work.
Using a composed object, I tried to investigate the relation between form and surface, and to see how drawings may compliment the form or play with it to reveal new ways of looking at the same object. Through repetition and change, subtle shifts in perspective may occur, allowing the pieces to create their own identity both individually and as part of a collection.
For this porcelain series, I decided to revisit the tea cup, a form I have explored extensively both as a potter on the wheel and as a visual element of more recent, conceptual work. I am envisaging the cup as a celebration of the everyday, playing with its form and considering the question of context, placement and importance of this supposedly simple object