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DROPPED, A HISTORY IN THE BREAKING
What of a makers ethos and state of mind is imbued in the object as it is being made ? Is this discernible to others ? Is this what archaeologists find when they unearth the past ?
AT THE OUTSET
The potter made 2 identical pots. One pot was inscribed, around the inner surface, with a transcription of the thoughts underpinning this process. Then fired. The second pot was fired and dropped: the pieces gathered and given to an archaeologist. The archaeologist was not told where the sherds had come from, it was for her to discover what she could as she pieced it together. The archaeologist verbalised motives and meaning while reconstructing the pot. These were drawn on the outer surface of the visibly reconstructed vessel.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
The project arose through my involvement with CinBA ( Creativity and Craft Production in the Bronze Age ) under the umbrella of Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA). As self funded contributors, myself and five other artist makers took this opportunity to explore and work with museum collections throughout Europe, linking up with archaeologists and academics. Partners included Southampton University, Cambridge University, the National Museum of Denmark (with Flemming Kaul), the Archaeology Museum of Saszlambata, the National Museum in Budapest and Devizes Museum in England.
As a group of interdisciplinary artists and makers we developed our research into new, contemporary work combining the challenges of different materials, processes and differing practices together with digital technologies