Have just finished writing a paper about impermanent ceramics and how such art is valued aesthetically and culturally. Fascinating subject. And now just about to head off to Orkney for a few days to see Rik Hammond’s two solo shows there (check out his work on Facebook – Symbols in a Landscape at Orkney Museum, Kirkwall; Being and Remembering at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness). Can’t wait to see the work in real life.
Meanwhile, I am still reflecting on the Clay Diaries exhibition. It was a really welcome opportunity to look back over the last few years and track the way my work has developed. I knew I wanted to start with Nest Eggs, which is a piece I found rewarding to make and always satisfying to return to. It was made in response to the collections at the Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough, when I took part in a show several years ago where we were invited to reflect on the museum and its contents.
I couldn’t get over the impact of the museum’s Victorian collection of birds eggs, together with their Bronze Age artefacts. It seemed natural to bring the two together in a series of pieces: hand-built vessels in the tradition of funerary beakers and urns, in which eggs of various sizes and clays would nestle.