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Meditations in Clay

"The works of humanity from prehistoric times have reached us not through stone which crumbles and wears away, or through metal which oxidises and becomes like powder, but through slabs of pottery.”  - Bernard Leach, A Potter's Book

Modern life often feels like a series of shared experiments with new technologies. Sometimes the results are empowering, but often they are overwhelming. ‘Meditations in clay’ is an audio visual instillation that explores what we, as member's of this modern society, can learn from the craft of pottery.

The meditation used oral histories from the potters at the Bernard Leach foundation, spanning a range of themes (mechanisation, flow states, materiality, imperfection...), inside an assortment of clay pots which participants were invited to listen to amidst a 16 minute audio/visual projection documenting the St Ives studio and it's rugged Cornish surroundings.

The soundscape takes the form of a shifting drone, made from field recordings taken on location.


Set design, audio and visuals by David Sappa and James Roadknight.

Interviews by David Sappa and James Roadknight.

Exhibited at the British Library as part of an Oral History showcase. 03/2019

Won the British Library Labs Teaching & Learning award. 11/11/2019

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