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Alan Craxford
Earth Air Fire Water


Roger Bilcliffe Gallery

April 28 - May 22, 2007

work: 15 pieces

Earth Air Fire Water invitation

Earth Air Fire Water saw the development of previously explored themes in relation to cross-cultural imagery, notably the Mandala form, through extension of scale and translation into object production. Through the extension of technique and physical interaction (from worn piece to animated object), the artefacts reference the symbolic use of the Tibetan Prayer Wheel as a possibility for contemplation.

Through the application of traditional techniques to vessel forms, the project introduced colour from both gilding and vitreous enamels in addition to the light reflecting surfaces of hand engraving. Spinning or slowly turning these pieces on their individual stone plinths creates a sense of animation and this interaction provides both concept and meaning to the work.

This research project enabled the collaboration between the role of designer and specialist crafts skills in both translation and interpretation, testing the parameters of technique and form within traditional craft and contemporary design:

Specialist Gilder and Finisher Steve Wood
Spinner Stefan Coe
Enameller Paul Munn
Engraver David Bedford

Earth Air Fire Water developed from recent commission-based practice (such as Water Jugs, 2005), earlier professional industrial design experience and discipline recognition within Silversmithing through exhibitions such as the Metal Gallery at Collect, 2004 and The Silver Show, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2006.

The exhibition included an illustrated catalogue and was reviewed in J-DEX magazine. Funding was provided by London Metropolitan University and J Blundell & Sons Ltd.

Read the review on the J-DEX website

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