Segments in this Video

Why Pottery? (03:38)


Grayson Perry discusses his technical process when creating ceramics. Artists play with people's emotional and intellectual associations of a medium. The best works are thoroughly planned.

Creative Process (04:05)

It is difficult to throw a large work. Perry prefers slip over glaze. Artists need to be sensitive to one's own responses; beauty is a tender subject.

Shocking Pots (02:32)

Perry makes pottery about things that interest him and being a transvestite. People can be numb to their own experiences and ideas. Claire is a part of the artist not an alter-ego.

"The Charms of Lincolnshire" (04:27)

Victoria Miro Gallery launches a spooky exhibition of Perry's works. The artist discusses curating and installing objects from the Victorian era. Themes include death, religion, hunting, childhood, and folk culture.

Modern Countryside (04:42)

Perry describes how he attended a contemporary watercolor show was there were no modern technology depicted. The artist juxtaposes unhappy Victorian women and pornography in "Addicted to Suffering." Religion is a very human thing.

Preparations for Japan (05:39)

"My Civilization" features a Chinese religious version of Alan Measles, the artist's childhood teddy bear. Perry explains that there is an ideal place to stop scraping off slip and will always make pottery. Claire will be wearing an embroidered cape, corset, and a gold teddy bear.

Credits: Grayson Perry (00:23)

Credits: Grayson Perry

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Since winning the Turner Prize in 2003, Grayson Perry has become the nation’s favorite transvestite potter. In this film, he speaks engagingly about why he is an artist that uses ceramics and not a potter, and about the defining themes that run through his work. He explains the elaborate, labor-intensive process involved in the making of his work and how he typically uses a variety of different techniques. Alongside the edgy undermining of our expectations of what pottery is, beauty and sensual overload are also of great importance to his practice. ‘Claire’, he remarks, informs everything that he does, because she is part of him and “my work is often about part of me. The press use the word ‘alter ego’ which drives me mad. She’s not an alter ego. She’s just me in a dress.” His 2006 exhibition, The Charms of Lincolnshire, is illustrated in this profile, and he discusses how he created his own works alongside Victorian artefacts from the archives of Lincolnshire museums to create an atmosphere both macabre and exotic. Perry speaks about new work that he has made for his 2007 show in Japan and how he has branched out from just making pots, though they will always remain an essential element of his artistic output. Please note that this film contains some explicit images and adult text.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL194755

ISBN: 978-1-64867-398-6

Copyright date: ©2007

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