Various clays, porcelain, soil, glaze, sand, stone, ceramic objects, concrete
35cm diameter columns
Jingdezhen, China | 2011
This project started by first imagining large core samples of ground beneath ones feet in the several thousand year old Chinese porcelain production capital of Jingdezhen. As much as we presume that the earth will keep giving, current industrial ceramic production methods forecast that many materials with be used up within just the next few decades. And history seems to blend together as fake antiques are produced to supply modern day markets. Considering archaeology and geology, I layered different ceramic materials with unwanted ceramic objects, rice seeds and other organic matter. This series of sculptures is made up of 24 sections and is in two distinct parts. After firing, the sections fitted together into 3 pillars of different heights and were installed in a space outside the gallery but around a glass corner wall so the space felt very much like a museum vitrine. The cardboard collars from each mould section were displayed together inside, unfired as a wall piece and with the rice sprouts and layers stuck to the surfaces.