I was recently at the Bristol museum and art gallery with a good friend of mine and we were admiring the ancient relics of Egypt and China. My companion and I were discussing how much attention to detail simple items had been given. Each wonderful piece was adorned with pictures and intricate patterns, the artisans responsible for the jug or cup had turned the article into a story board or a mythological allegory. We wondered why so many things nowadays are made with little or no attention in this regard.
"Things are just not made to last very long."
One of my deepest tenets in my approach to my Craft work;
"It is made to last, make it beautiful, give the work a story, make it art all the while retaining its function."
I am aware there have been movements of artists making their work beautiful, with people like Charles Rennie MacKintosh, Christopher Dresser and Antoni Gaudi to name a few. These artists are an inspiration to me and I wish to follow the path of the artisan. In my experience modern designers do attempt to make objects beautiful while retaining function, but more often than not the item would be expensive, relative to my pocket, making beauty exclusive. This is not my aim, my aim is to make things accessible and I very often adjust my prices to accommodate peoples pockets, as well as bartering when people can provide a skill or item I cannot. Beauty need not be exclusive and unobtainable. We all deserve beautiful things, and if I can facilitate that, my work is my reward.