What do you get if you cross a book with a pot?
that is what Les Bicknell and I attempted to find out with
these works over a three years period. The answer to this
riddle has resulted in a group of intriguing and engaging
vessels. Exploring the rewards to be had in collaborating
with another artist we also continued with our own individual
particular interests, surrounding the holding of information
either on pages or in the space occupied by a pot.
For Les and I the pot and the book are important as objects
that exist as ideas beyond their immediate function. Made
in editions of ten these works combined a variety of techniques,
as diverse as computer typesetting and clay press moulding.
A mix of materials have been used, such as etched glass,
porcelain, gold leaf, carpet underlay, paper and terracotta
clay. As tactile qualities are as important as visual qualities
the scale of individual elements are designed to fit comfortably
in the hand, requiring the viewer to manipulate and rearrange
the elements for a fuller reading of each work.