Ceramicist Janice Parker, known by her daughter as ‘random Janice’ has created an entire imaginary world, in which her collectables made from porcelain and copper characters tell a story. Having a tendency to make up stories in her head, and sing to herself at bus stops, Janice’s quirky personality shines through in her original porcelain and copper narrative scenes. Read on to delve into Janice’s unique world of the thieves of time, and star machines…
Time! We never have enough and yet we waste it!
But fear not, the time we carelessly squander is being saved by a race of little men, the ‘Time Thieves’. You won’t have seen them they are small and secretive as they go about their business.
The Time Thieves recycle the time we waste by rescuing all the extraneous ticks and tocks trapped in our clocks and watches. They also extract time from anything that measures its passing: egg timers, stop watches and even from words concerned with the passage of time: second, minute, hour, day,week,month and year.
To help them in this never-ending task they use peanuts to entice and capture magpies, in turn training them to steal our discarded, mislaid or unguarded time-pieces. (Sometimes novice thieves catch other birds by mistake but they are soon released unharmed although they may be somewhat confused by the experience!)
Returning home the Time Thieves feed the ticks and the tocks and all the other time-related items into their ‘Star Machine’, a contraption that extracts all the trapped time and transforms it into stars which shoot out into the sky to help power the universe, in turn replenishing the time we’ve frittered away.
So whenever you feel you have no time, don’t get stressed, the Time Thieves are ensuring there is plenty to go around. And if you have any old time-pieces lying around, put them out, you never know when the Time Thieves will be passing by.