The ‘Ancient Toys’ project is inspired by the universal appeal of toys that date back as far as 1600BC. The surface treatment of this collection gives the impression of toys being rescued from the earth. I am concerned with the value of iconic toys that have evolved through centuries and across continents and yet have changed so little in shape and purpose. These toys should be celebrated, particularly in today’s consumerism, throw – away culture.
Louise Bell Ceramics
Ceramic skipping rope with porcelain and gold rope. The thorns represent the dangers in the playground.
Pull along toys date back to Ancient Egypt 2000BC. Clay animals on wheels were some of the earliest examples.
Spinning tops date back to the Middle East 3500BC and Egypt 1250BC They have hardly changed at all and have an aesthetic appeal that is lacking in modern plastic toys.
A collection of ceramic pieces inspired by toys dating back to the Egyptian times.
Ceramic high fired and hand built35cm x 22cm x 7cm