Friday, February 03, 2006

Porcelain

Working with a single material over a lifetime is a journey and a gift for any artist. Using porcelain all these years has been especially rewarding for me. Porcelain was originally a Chinese product, invented before the year 1000 and used as ballast in ships carrying cargo back to Europe. In the early 18th Century, Augustus the Strong imprisoned an alchemist, Johann Friedrich Boettger, to create gold from lead. Unable to do so, he became obsessed with inventing porcelain. His success led to the development of European porcelain and the establisment of Meissen as the 1st center of porcelain production in Europe. Meissen, in an attempt to protect their discovery, created the crossed swords, the worlds first trade mark.

Making objects for use out of porcelain is my personal obsession. I hope that we all have the opportunity to make and trade the things of our hands in perpetuity. Spending a goodly amount of time in the studio, experimenting and producing is a joy. Creating work that others love to use and own is the only way to perpetuate this act.

3 comments:

CarolGert said...

I like; the feel of porcelain, it's looks, how it takes color.

CarolGert said...

And thank you for the history lesson about porcelain. I always learn something new when I blog this site.

Greenjeans Adventure said...

What an amazing history! The swords-crossed trademark makes me think Meissen was saying, "This formula is mine! Stand back, or else!" I guess porcelain work has a long history of being coveted and copied...