The cast tea pot is indicative of this; in attempting to reproduce those vessels that came from the East, the European Elers Brothers (late 17th early 18th century) developed slip casting. As silversmiths they came to the objects they wished to emulate with a combined lack of knowledge for throwing and an expertise in metal casting. This cast was taken from a found metal tea pot of unknown heritage. A familiar object, it invites interaction and, out of its usual context, further investigation. Challenged to look into the box then to move outside, the viewer is rewarded with new insight to the object as a whole. The curious/brave discover what lies within.
The box is a metaphor for categorisation, the rest is an invitation to look within and take the time to discover more.
About the Artist
My earlier work was immersed in a world of digital media and A.I., to the expense of my emotional intellect and I needed to address the imbalance; I find clay to be the earthly medium that provides connectivity.
Interested in our relationship with ceramics, I explore their potential of form, metaphor and function. Using techniques developed by 18th century industrialists I aim to introduce objects into the home that have duality; interactive art that invites participation and discourse. I seek to understand the influence and power ceramics have to draw us into their lives and them into ours; to facilitate dialogue.
Since the Georgian period we have, through the ritual of tea drinking, shared time with others or alone with our self. Several times a day (every day) there is an invitation to review, question and take on another perspective; it is this that inspires and influences my work.