PAST BELIEFS & FUTURE WISHES, 2021
TERRACOTTA, BONE CHINA SLIP, MID FIRE AND EARTHENWARE GLAZE, TERRA SIGILLATA
“When I reflect on my own relationship to objects, I find that my desire to collect, cherish and live alongside something can often be traced to the evidence it bears of human touch. Those objects that are handmade, that have been passed on to me by friends or family, are those that I treasure most. I’m drawn to pieces that reward a sustained gaze, that allow space for discovery and hold a story: a napkin set, handwoven and embroidered by my Yiayia’s cotton-farming neighbours and a small, hand-bound book of prayer that was her constant companion. I cannot read the book (it’s in Greek) but I treasure it for its ageing leather cover, its brittle pages, its smell and the comfort it gave my Yiayia.
Conversely, we urgently embrace mass-produced objects that seem to offer the promise of an improved life only to promptly abandon them when they don't deliver. Perhaps they fail to satisfy because they have little presence, no humanity to relate to. Having said that, I recently heard a story about an artist who used the same plastic cup in his studio for over 20 years. He brought the cup home with him from a hospital stay and carefully used it to wash his brushes each day. He chose to care for and cherish this plastic cup, and passed it onto his son once he retired from his art-making practice. I hope to make pots that will sustain and reward attention over generations, that will become a part of the lives of those who choose to live with them.”
Material: Terracotta, bone china slip, mid fire and earthenware glaze, terra sigillata
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