LOOKING AT ANCIENT CRAFT
“… crafts bridging the gap between the past and the future. Crafts can simultaneously be a source of inspiration as well as an incubator for innovation.”*
Looking at the history of craft (material, method and artistic) is a way to recognise profound craft knowledges, and how these knowledges accumulated into ordered techniques and material cultures. A historical research on one of glass and ceramic’s most innovative and engaged points in the history of the Roman world guided me as a source of knowledge and inspiration. Having collected images of historical and ancient vessels over the years, I used them as a data source of form, material structure, making processes, vessels uses and artistic styles. I regard to craft history as a formalistic reference, where I quote from, re-design and mix new stories and volumes, and also as a methodological source of the wisdoms of craftsmanship.
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* Vandenbulcke, Ellen, A Future for Craft, NGO Tapis Plein, 2015
Heinrich Dressel, Synoptic Table, 1899. Image from http://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk