Looking out for Alison Britton’s new publication on the unstable place of craft in art and design….just up my street 🙂
So, when was it made? This is a quartz crystal skull that sits in the British Museum (Room 24). Apparently it is 19th century. I am not sure that a piece of quartz can be dated to the 19th century, given that quartz takes a LONG time to form in the body of the planet, but it DOES provoke an interesting question for me. The maker of the skull had an influence on the piece of quartz – they were ‘the maker’. When is something made? What is making?
Relating that to clay, of course, I know that the material I use in my practice is manufactured from natural minerals found in the earth. It is prepared for me and I buy it from a supplier. It’s a question of sustainability, for sure, but it is also a question of my influence over the ‘blob’ of clay that sits in front of me on a daily basis. I am the maker.
This is very curious for me right now. A question that I always seem to return to. Perhaps that’s why I am ‘making storage pots’ ??
My next show is on for April (very happy with that). It’s in a local estate agents in Palmers Green so I am enjoying the domestic-meets-commercial vibe. A month solo and a half page spread in a local magazine that goes to 10,000 people.
Realised very recently how very comfortable I am about flexibility in showing my work. That comfort has evolved in the background on it’s own. Music to my ears somehow.
Fascinating from the journal of modern craft.