Stick Up: Limited Edition

For three days last week I was working in collaboration with Hanne Mannheimer of Manifold studio group in London. The work was part of the "Stick-Up" exhibition hosted by airspace gallery as part of the British Ceramics Biennial 2011.

The project saw six collaborations from twelve artists, six from each organisation to see information about the other collaborations go here.

Our collaboration looked at process, interpretation, and tool making. I made a series of tools and machines, suggestive of those used in the ceramics industry. Hanne then had to interperet their function and purpose without instruction. The machines were built from scrap materials which resulted in either unintentional or faulty functions.

 "I was really inspired by my visit to the old Spode factory, with things just left, broken and covered in dust. It made me want to re-create these piles of plates and objects. It has been really interesting working with Andrew who has a similar intuitive and experimental approach to me but a completely different background. He constructed a range of different tools or instruments based around ceramic processes such as jiga jollying, extruding and throwing. Often the function was obscure and somewhat flawed. Responding intuitively to his creations or additions I experimented making stacks or groups of clay objects allowing both the clay and the tools to limit or interfere with my interaction with the clay. " Hanne Mannheimer

The resulting objects were created from clay- recycled scrap clay used in a previous exhibition- and were viewed as a series of mass produced failures. They were unusable malformed and often nondescript in what they were. However they were consistent in this. Perfect!

Here is the statement about the work:

Limited Edition: Hanne Mannheimer & Andrew Branscombe. Taking inspiration from the industrial decay experienced in many of the former potteries around the city the work looks at processes and mass production. Inspiration was drawn from the stacks of unfinished ware, machinery and individuality found in these sites. The artists first met while installing the BCB exhibi- tion at the former Spode factory. They took the opportunity to look around the derelict areas of the factory, which helped to form the method of working as well as a wealth of raw materials. The factory sites often contain equipment and machines unique to a particular process or person. Andrew created machines using found materials, which were suggestive in appearance of existing processes and equipment. Then without instruction the equipment was given to Hanne who intuitively used the creations. Both the tools and clay became flawed, impractical and limiting to the way of working, creating a range of mass- produced failures.