Shapes

✏ WELL DEARS! AS YOU KNOW PENCIL IS THE KING OR THE QUEEN, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SKETCHING.

Mattie Amatt

The idea of making bean pot shapes using this micaceous clay traditional to New Mexico has been making me uncomfortable; it feels too much like copying, taking something that has no relation to me. Although I think that the sharing of ideas and skills across borders is important I do believe that cultural appropriation is something to be careful of when taking inspiration from shapes or techniques that bear meaning to specific cultures or people. Moon jars, for example, are a pet hate of mine – I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making that particular shape, per se, but it bugs me when people use that form as a short cut to meanings and narratives.

With this in mind I have been researching cookware objects more rooted in a British tradition to base my g-bowl on. I’ve found digital museum collections invaluable for this, really enjoying browsing their archives…

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