Core Samples

Made at the European Ceramic Work Centre, The Netherlands

A series of porcelain core samples made by Kate Ive while on residency at the European Ceramics Work Centre, The Netherlands. Kate created each of these wall-mounted porcelain slabs by hand-building. These core samples are inspired by cores drilled from the centre of corals. Coral core samples are cut into thin slices and x-rayed to reveal their data layered like tree-ring strata. Coral core samples hold all the information relating to the life and health of the coral. They store information including if the corals have experienced stress as a result of coral bleaching and climate change.  These porcelain slabs are embedded with ocean data translated into geometric sequences and carved by hand. The slabs are both glazed and unglazed.

Supported by a Sundaymorning@EKWC grant, the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and Making Waves Ceramics Trust.