A body of work funded by Creative Scotland to research and develop new work informed by armoury collections and reflecting on issues of dementia, memory and identity.
West Lothian, Scotland
Hand coiled vessel in black clay with metalic internal glaze.
Hand coiled vessel, black diamond polished clay with red glaze interior.
‘Platelet’ (series) - Glazed and diamond polished slump moulded and altered open vessel referring to armour for aesthetics and the practice of bloodletting to cure ailments historically.
The colour red is important. In my Dementia research I discovered there have been some studies finding those with advanced Dementia diagnosis were better able to feed themselves food presented on red crockery. Colour recognition is lost as the disease progresses so the food often light in colour is therefore contrast against the red plates. Red is also relevant as a direct reference to blood and Vascular Dementia for which there is neither cure nor treatment available.