‘Hard Border’ woven metallic glazed stoneware panels, steel frame
‘Pavers’ stoneware bricks containing clayey soil donated from around Europe
British Ceramics Biennial 2017 – Spode China Hall. Photograph: © Nicholas Middleton 2017
‘…imagining all the connections that the story contains: human beings in movement, along with everything they can make, think or believe.
Nothing is ever quite new, or settled, or empty. Frontiers shift. Languages change. People migrate.’

Michael Pye
The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are, 2014

There is a prevailing feeling that the world is getting smaller, we can travel at high speed across the globe and can communicate with people thousands of miles away in an instant. Despite this, we are increasingly removed from direct material connections. Britain is an island, though once it was connected to mainland Europe by the now drowned Doggerland, people could have walked across. Taking Michael Pye’s quote and current political anxieties as a foundation, [UN]WOVEN was made with the help of the network of connections from around Europe.

‘Hard Border’ woven stoneware panels, steel structure
‘Pavers’ hand made bricks, each containing clayey soil sent from different places around Europe; bringing together the personal trajectories of the individuals donating the material, with each brick representing these connections and histories, forming a constitutive part of the whole artwork.


Clayey Soil sent from people around Europe


Postcards From Europe, screen-printed using clayey soil donated by people around Europe, part of [UN]WOVEN (photo: UK, Belgium, Croatia, Germany)

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