Various clays, porcelain, soil, glaze, sand, stone, ceramic objects, concrete
35cm diameter columns
Jingdezhen, China | 2011
This project was started by me attempting to get my head around the long and complex history of Chinese civilisation and and all the pottery finds from different dynasties that could be found in the local ground in the ancient Chinese porcelain production capital of Jingdezhen, the city of 2 million people who mostly work in the ceramics field, where I found fake antiques being 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, making the space felt 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.