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The Perfect Plate to Confound an In‐Law

Set of 3 Medium Plates in Matte White
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The Perfect Plate to Confound an In‐Law - Set of 3 Medium Plates in Matte White
I once bought plates for my father-in-law for his birthday. Though polite enough not to really show it, I think I detected a profound disappointment in his eyes. Since he would not admit how upset he was, I wasn’t able to determine if it was because the plates were too dull or because he just didn’t like the idea of plates. Maybe I will give him these plates for his next birthday and see how he takes it. (Though I have noticed he now wears sunglasses around me – presumably so I can’t look into his eyes and read his mind.)


This piece's sculptural form reflects a conceptual, theme-based approach, which stands in stark contrast to the classical rules of decoration that pervade traditional ceramics. The flowing contours of the piece reference the way drapery has been used by painters to convey movement since the Renaissance.

The Perfect Plate to Confound an In‐Law - Set of 3 Medium Plates in Matte White
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The piece is thoughtfully handcrafted. It has a width of 18.5cm(7.28 inches), a length of 20.5cm(8.07 inches), and a depth of 1.5cm(0.59 inches) at it's deepest points. It has a smooth surface.


Source Material:  Goya / da Vinci / Georges Perec, La Vie mode d'emploi (Paris: Hachette, 1978) / Georges Perec, Species of Spaces and Other Pieces (London, Penguin Classic, 1998)

Background noise:  While this collection was in development we may or may not have been influenced by the following experiences: [01] Watching all of the films of Kore-eda Hirokazu available on DVD in the UK. [02] Listening to Philip Glass - mainly Einstein on the Beach and Metamorphosis [03] Two visits to Gormley at the Royal Academy (one with children)


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