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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

Meditations In Clay is an audio visual installation that uses oral histories conducted with the potters at the Bernard Leach Foundation to invite contemplations on notions of mechanisation, flow states, tactility, imperfections and the material links between craft and surrounding ecological environments.

 

These interviews were embedded within an assortment of pots which viewers were encouraged to pick up and listen to amidst a 16 minute visual projection that oscillated between documentations of the potters studios and the Cornish landscapes they are in nestled within.

The soundscape takes the form of a shifting drone, made from field recordings taken on location, seeking to mimic the hypnotic and labouring expenditures revolving through a potters wheel .

 

 

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

Won the British Library Labs Award

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