AMPHORAE - 2020

Re-imagined contemporary vessels in the style of Ancient Greek amphorae, which are inspired by the need to re-imagine our world economy in relation to climate change. 
 
Ancient Greek amphorae provide a ceramic link to past economies as they were used in early Greek maritime trading for storing and transporting goods.  DNA samples from amphorae preserved on shipwrecks in the Mediterranean have been extremely useful in determining the extent of trade in the ancient world.  
 
These commercial containers were made in their thousands by potters who threw them on the wheel in stages, often roughly and at speed. They typically had a long neck, narrow enough to be corked, with two handles joining the neck and body and a pointed base which could be used as a third handle to facilitate pouring. The name means ‘carried on both sides’, derived from the Greek word amphi-phoreus.
These amphorae will be on display and for sale in the Bevere Gallery Graduate Exhibition from January 9th - February 3rd 2021. 
10% of any revenues are donated to Ripple Africa
Mandy used coiling and hand-building techniques to construct, deconstruct and re-imagine the amphorae, which are between 21-24 cm tall and weigh around 1 kg each. The striped designs follow the contours of each form in a similar way, identifying them as group.  Work is once-fired to stoneware in an electric kiln, powered by renewable energy.

covid-19

10% of any revenues are donated to Ripple Africa

This Covid-19 inspired amphora considers how the virus has deconstructed many parts of our economy and how art and culture need to be part of the re-build solution. 

Work is carefully raw glazed and once fired using renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions. 

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