Derek Wilson questions functionality, he uses the vessel as a means of artistic expression by exploring free and geometric abstraction. Habitually, the importance of object placement is foremost with Wilson’s work and a further dimensionality lies within how it is viewed. Inviting movement in the observer, these works ask them to contemplate the significance of subtle tonalities in surface quality and the distribution of light and shadow.
Wilson is an unapologetic thrower and consistently challenges his discipline. Focusing on his skills and approach to making, he combines his minimal aesthetic with accomplished craftsmanship, material knowledge and a propensity to propel modern ceramics through reinterpretation of its form. A search for simplicity of form draws inspiration through a diverse range of sources, from mid-century British constructivism to the history of the ceramic industry in Europe and Asia.