Ceramic Vessel on a Plinth (P240)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Ceramic Vessel on a Plinth

Made in

London

Date

1980

Description

Abstract square form contstructed from cast pieces of red earthenware.

Materials and techniques

Oxidised red earthenware. Press-moulded from plaster moulds; the form in two parts and the plinth in one. Fired to 1050 deg. C, and all outside surfaces ground flat. Inside textured with slip made from the sameclay and fired to 1030 deg.C. The three individual elements bonded together with epoxy adhesives.

Dimensions

height:  37cm
width:  21cm
depth:  12cm

Object number

P240

Category

  • Ceramic Vessel on a Plinth, Martin Smith, 1980, Crafts Council Collection: P240.

Maker's statement

This piece continues my investigation into the use of the vessel form as a vehicle for the articulation of both interior and exterior space and through the use of an ambiguous form for it to occupy a visual space not necessarily limited by its physical dimensions. It is one of the first to use the device of a receding corner to produce a contained space on the exterior surface of the piece.