Pots

Words matter and definitions are great for precision, helping us understand the specific categorisation and meaning of a word. From there, we can open it up to see where the boundaries are so as to test them.

Dictionary definition – Pots:
Different types of containers, with or without a lid, especially for storing food or liquids: a pot of cream/jam/paint/ink

AWOL
ABSENT
WITHOUT
LEAVE

A cup caught in motion. Often, objects are still for most of the time, but I wanted to capture the cup awake and moving in space. Our interaction activates objects as they become animated when lifted from the table.

AWOL ( Absent Without Leave)
Material   Sterling Silver, Pewter
Dimensions   40 x 40 x 9cm
Year   2015
Location   Private Collection Hong Kong

Image of a cut and extended silver cup on the move, the movement recorded by adding pewter
Image of an old tarnished metal teapot, cut altered placed in a new configuration with the addition of lead which robs the teapot of it's original function

BROUHAHA

An extended yawning teapot. The lead solder is left raw, mistakes are evident, and the making exposed and celebrated. As a material, lead has a reputation problem. For a start, it’s poisonous and more commonly thought of as a material used architecturally. The teapot, on the other hand, is a domestic object embedded in rituals and etiquette. In Brouhaha, there is a meeting point where opposite hierarchies and class collide.

 

Brouhaha
Material   Silver Plate, Lead
Dimensions   55 x 25 x 60cm
Year   2007
Location   Public Collection The V&A UK, The National Museum Norway

Image of a collection of historical siverware cut and a new blank face soldered on. The historical details are sprayed black with paint

FACELIFT

Using a collection of unwanted aged silver plate objects, I released each one from its history with a clean, blank face(t). Their old bodies sprayed black, so they remain firmly in the shadows.

 

Facelift
Material   Silverplate, Pewter, Spray Paint
Dimensions   18 x 10 x 8cm
Year   2020
Available

INFLUX

A series of jugs intended to unleash new characters hiding within these tired and redundant objects. Once surgically opened up, then reassembled, these collaged mash-ups take on bold personalities, evoking humour and showing you how they misbehave at the table when you’re not looking.

Image of a series of jugs all altered differently to highten the characteristics of the original objects. Many humourous and make people laugh

Influx
Material   Silver Plate, Pewter
Dimensions   15 x 10 x 12cm
Year   2012
Location   Private Collections Germany, USA, Australia and UK

Image of a silver plated baroque coffee pot. Vertically spliced open and an insert of lead soldered in, the original feet become pigeon toed and the lead suggests a cleavage.

OOH LALA

I was told by traditionalists that “you’re not a real silversmith until you have made a teapot.” My response was to take an unwanted antique, chop it up and stuff it with lead. Shifting it from recognisably traditional and functional to dysfunctional and highly poisonous. Most of these classical pieces are rarely used and often don’t even pour properly – they just dribble.

Ooh Lala
Material   Silver Plate, Lead
Dimensions   27 x 15 x 36cm
Year   2008
Location   Public Collection Dallas Museum of Art USA