"Gold, thread, ceramic and clay, these materials mould themselves together, intertwined into individual small-scale vessels and bowls that emanate an energy of individual value and curiosity. These earthenware miniatures are a continued exploration of ceramicist Fliff Carr’s ritualistic practice throughout The Weight of Uncertainty projects during National lockdown. This assortment of clay pieces nods to her artistic process during lockdown of creating miniature vessels, each with their unique form and character, whilst transitioning the focus of the collection to the concepts of memory, the art of collecting and the sense of belonging treasures hold within our private spaces. These micro-environments display an inherent beauty in their small-scale detail. At an average height between just 3-6cm, their scale intrigues the eye towards the layers embedded within the surface of the vessels. Small embellishments or imprints intensify the narrative of each body, reminding us of the value we should hold to even the smallest items often discarded. The application of ceramic fragments on a pair of vessels, imprinted into their faces using a golden lacquer reminds us to explore the extraordinary value of our history, stories untold, now brought to the forefront. A cylindrical vessel, adorned with a clay stamp is nestled within the perimeter of a shallow dish. A group of three vessels, two white, one black form a dynamic ensemble of contrasting tones and characteristic silhouettes. These vessels and bowls sit beautifully as individual sets or can be purchased as a part of a collection of sets belonging to this body of work. Some vessels sit independently, whilst others congregate onto an earthenware rectangular plinth in matching colour, forming a marriage between them and a sense of belonging to a single place. These plinths hold imprints within their surfaces, providing accommodation to each individual vessel. The mark the vessels leave on the plinth is a memory of their value as unique objects and a place in our history." – Excerpt from The Merchants Collection


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"The Weight of Uncertainty 1 & 2 were a personal practice, a private, internal response to two of the National lockdowns. These groups of vessels are historic bodies of work by Fliff Carr which are destined for a permanent collection. We are very fortunate to have WOU 2 in the window of The Merchant’s Table when the Government has just lifted all restrictions." – Excerpt from The Merchants Table


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“From the huge oversized Georgian bowl styles of Katrin Moye to the delicate espresso cups by Fliff Carr. We hope you find a favourite cup that is as precious to you as all the tea in China.” The Shop Floor Project presents: 'A Cupful of Craft'.

Launching on Friday 3rd December 2021


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After the lockdown directive on March 24rd I was struck by a phrase I heard describing “the weight of uncertainty”. I decided to translate this expression into a clay weight of 1 oz per day. 7oz in 7 days. I made a vessel everyday describing any feelings or information relevant to that day. I also wrote the date on the base of each piece.

 

The accumulated uncertainty over the ensuing 103 days of official lockdown are visually represented in this collection of vessels. They are all the same weight, are around 3-5 cm high and made of white and black earthenware clay. The darker clay reflecting days of darker mood. I stopped making them on July 4th when so many of the lockdown measures were lifted. 

On January 4th a third national lockdown was announced and I returned to my previous project The Weight of Uncertainty.  

 

This new work in progress is Part 2.  

 

Once again I am using 1 oz of clay  as the weight for each thrown vessel and I am making one for every day of this lockdown. The accumulating vessels represent the passing days and the weight of uncertainty felt within them. So far I have only used dark clay. 

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