On a hot, sunny evening, Phil Jones welcomes me into his home and to a space where he clearly spends a lot of time. As the record deck is spinning it has an array of guitars as an audience and of course the Double Bass that features in Hatful of Rain, resting with a characterful, somehow poetic, jaunt.

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The letterbox format of the artwork is complimented by satisfying proportions of narrow shelving full of books, CDs and records. I try not be distracted by the full bookshelf and comfy chair that invites me to relax and settle in to enjoy capturing this warm creative space.

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This one-off artwork is made up of segments of thin porcelain tile, carved to different thicknesses creating a gentle relief. The piece is then backlit with an LED sheet which lights the intersections between the tiles creating a sliced or segmented design. In ambient lighting conditions the linear design of carved porcelain comes to life in translucency, creating a different, eye-catching effect. Shiny, glazed portions also catch the light and giving extra textured interest.

In Phil’s studio, as the daylight fades and twilight promises an evening of rhythm and music the ‘Slice’ comes to life in translucency adding to the creative atmosphere for an evening of relaxation, practicing & rehearsal.

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Hatful of Rain are a British folk/American roots band, combing powerful song-writing with musical virtuosity and a strong traditional feel. Visit their website for tour dates over the summer www.hatfulofrain.co.uk

Case Study: Creative spaces – A Musicians studio

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