IS THIS THE LAST SUPPER? is the name of the competition launched by Masterworks gallery late last year as part of a search for domestic pottery suitable for the 21st century. Aware that there is something of a revived market for interesting, individually made tableware, they sought previously unknown makers or changed work from experienced makers and were unconcerned if the tableware would fit recent fads and finds in food culture, or perhaps different ways of eating, or new domestic table rituals designed for the 21st century.
They received 35 entries and from those chose 13 makers so as to see the work in the flesh (so to speak…) From this they will announce the finalists on April 4th (today) Those finalists will work towards a suite/group/assemblage of works for the exhibition that opens on August 14th – to Sept 7th. I shall blog the names of the chosen finalists late on Thursday.
At the opening the winning work will be announced and offered a solo exhibition and prize-money.
I look forward to this exhibition and hope there might be some wood-fired work as part of the show. In my own kitchen I find the wood-fired work I own usually lasts longest and often suits the sort of simple food I make, best. There’s something about a recipe from Nigel Slater set out on an ash-enhanced platter or good coffee from a fire-flashed mug that offers infinite pleasure.
Here are some images, from North American potters, that fit the bill for me and cross-fingers there are some in the show along these lines….
Food for thought here? And remember that tableware can also mean a container for flowers, a receptacle for ritual, a holder for candles or some way of co-ordinating dukkah, oil and bread. If it sits on the table for the ceremony of sharing food with family and friends, it fits the bill!
And just to prove I am not completely one-eyed about wood-firing…here is a graceful ‘pitcher’, as the North Americans call it, from Sylvie Granatelli.
And here is yet another making assemblages of simple forms
(The still life/assemblage has surely done its dash by now!
But, repetition can be effective see below from Steven Lee (USA) – called …
Red, White and Blue… of course… 300 cups… Wow.