‘I began investigation into the domestic ritual when my making process was dominated by the other roles of mother, wife, housekeeper and part time worker. My process was necessarily disjointed. It had to fit between the washing, school runs, bed/bath time and admin. My art making process evolved to work alongside these other processes and the work I was making started to represent and reflect these rituals.
Wash, hang, fold put away, wash, hang, fold, put away
Cast, fettle, polish, fire, cast, fettle, polish, fire
Shop, cook, eat, shop, cook, eat
Throw, turn, dry, fire, throw, turn, dry, fire
Smoke fire, wash, scrub, dry, smokefire, wash, scrub, dry
There’s a poetic rhythm in both the endless ritual of domestic endeavour and the ceramics making process. Admittedly one yields both practical, aesthetic and sometimes spectacular results of a permanent nature; the other gives less tangible outcome. A healthy family, a comfortable living environment and house pride.
It is worth noting here that my work is only considered in a feminist light because of the nature of the practice and the accident of my gender. I am neither an earth mother nor a martyr to the cause. Maybe I can best be described as a pragmatic feminist. I undertake these roles because they have to be undertaken. I look for short cuts, I use economies of scale and I often do two things at once. This is how my practice is so interlinked with my life.’
Angela Tait 2017