Ceramic Surgery

September 01, 2016

Beccy Ridsdel is a ceramicist who is interested in what really lies underneath the surface of traditional floral dinnerware.

Ridsdel's idea was inspired by the art and craft debate: just what is it that separates art and craft? Can an object be both? By taking a scalpel to traditional pottery – pretty, but everyday pieces that your grandma might have used – Ridsdel hoped to find something else beneath the surface.

Ridsdel decided that underneath the ceramic surface was a deeper layer of chintz and traditional florals- nothing bizarre or strange; but by the act of cutting into the ceramic she had created something new. The action of cutting poses the question of where art and craft intersect in a solid, sculptural piece.