Narrative Ceramics: Greek pottery

Looking at possible avenues and influences:

Greek 400 BCE, red figure: With tendencies towards overlapping, these ceramicists started off by making the figures black, they were weary of the figures looking like black blobs. Wanting to also be able to enhance the overall look of the muscles too, the shape of the figures were vital in their overall look.

so this was the point when they thought why not paint the background black and leave the people red. Although it was harder for them to do so as they had to paint all around the people ever so carefully, they felt it made the people look more realistic. some of the greatest Greek vases are now in red figure, one being the Berlin painter.

In developing my own ceramic work, I think that colour is a crucial element to the success of it. The thought and narrative could be well thought out but if the figures become swallowed my heavy shaping or too much pattern, you could lose the overall effect. Having a theme could also help drastically in the success, even if an obvious story isn’t being told a theme can always give some sense of narrative to me. Space can also be vital in terms of centring what you want you piece to have a main focus on. Sometimes less in more, using tone with colour can also help with the dimensions and depth of the piece. -These are key things I want to consider in the proceeding of my narrative ceramics.




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