Replicas of ancient pots intended for sharing
July 01, 2018
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Ceramic sculpture, paint
Overview

Painted ceramic sculptures, 2018–ongoing

Replicas of ancient pots intended for sharing

These replicas of ancient vessels culled from around the world are predicated on a hypothesis : that vessels of certain eras are artefacts and evidence of a particular notion of community that once existed. Originally created for the human consumption of water, beverages, and food, their multiple handles and spouts denote their communal use and understanding of a shared commons. It is thus curious that after the industrial revolution, commodity production directed the design of functional tools–especially tools for sharing nourishment– into increasingly individual and, eventually, single use.

Created by hand using the "pinch pot" technique with a minimal use of implements, these replicas are counterfactual explorations that consider how the design and manufacturing of functional objects directed particular notions of sociability.