Summer Project – Collections


  1. the action or process of collecting someone or something.”the collection of data”
  2. a group of things or people.”a rambling collection of houses”
  3. group, crowd, body, company, troupe, assembly, assemblage, gathering, throng; knot, cluster, huddle, multitude, bevy, party, number, band, horde, pack, drove, flock, swarm, stream, mob, load, crew, gaggle “a motley collection of shoppers, festival-goers, and trainspotters”

Collections – Pinterest Mind Map

A collection you have visited in person – evidence this through film on your mobile phone

A collection of craft from 1900 to the present at the National Museum Cardiff, ranging from Gertrud Vasegaard, Gordon Baldwi to Walter Keeler. I am interested how objects interact with each other and although these ceramic artefacts were made by different practitioners, due to ingenious curation you can see the links and interaction that each object has to one another (surface, form).


A historical collection

When looking at the Ceramic Collections and the Victoria & Albert Museum  you feel overwhelmed by the mass of ceramic artefacts and in fact, it is something that intrigues me. Its thinking of that point when an object stops being an individual and begins to be part of something bigger and collective.

An artist who references collections in their practice

Fenella Elms is a ceramicist whose pieces invoke the transformative quality of porcelain clay and its potential for creating surface texture and building sculptural dimension. Although Fenella takes a different approach for the making of each body of work, the attitude is the same. All her work builds with a connection of separate parts: an interest in the interaction that comes about through placing in formation; the shifting components form a co-operative body.

“I am drawn to align small pieces, strips and edges into intricate structures and textures. The work builds with the connection of similar parts and the interaction that comes about through placing in formation. Indiscernibly shifting components build a co-operative body. I want the work to be alive; responsive to light and active with movement.”



An unconventional collection

Portuguese pavement (calçada) is something that has always caught my eye, and in a way its an unconventional collection. Different sized and coloured rocks and pebbles are used to create these vast patterned pavements which you can see around all around Portugal.

A collection you have discovered in your home