Chosen by Pete Collard, a contemporary design/architecture curator and researcher
We ask makers, curators, designers, creative practitioners and the Crafts Council team to select their favourite object from the Crafts Council Collection and to tell us why.
Pete Collard is a contemporary design/architecture curator and researcher.
What I like about De Waal’s work is the way in which the space his pieces inhabit is as important as the work itself. For Arcady a metal cabinet was built to house the 18 ceramic pots providing a specific framework and yet also inviting further questions about what the eye can’t see. The casing provides an additional layer through which to view the pots and ensures a constant range of light and shade on each one. De Waal’s book The Hare With Amber Eyes, shed further light on the artist’s interest in collections or groupings of objects within his work and is highly recommended.
About this object
Date of making: 2007
Date of acquisition: 2008
Technique/Process: Ceramics, thrown porcelain, cutting (steel), brush-finishing (steel)
Materials: Porcelain, glaze, steel
Dimensions: H1400mm x L300mm x W300mm
Crafts Council Collection Number: P489
Purchase of Arcady was made possible with support from The Art Fund.