Ocean Data Lachrymatory – Phytoplankton

Reduction fired porcelain with celadon glazes
Made at the European Ceramic Work Centre, The Netherlands

This handmade Ocean Data Lachrymatory on Phytoplankton was made by Kate. It was created while on artist residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands. Kate researched datasets relating to the health of the ocean. This particular Ocean Data Lachrymatory is embedded with datasets relating to the role of Phytoplankton in climate change and carbon storage. Each band holds a unique geometric pattern generated by a specific piece of phytoplankton data.

Kate was inspired by Edison’s early sound recordings. Kate translated specific ocean datasets into geometrically patterned sequences on her hand-operated lathe. She slipcast this sculpture series in porcelain using a complex process of specialist hand-turning and mould-making. This lachrymatory, inspired by ancient Roman tear vessels, has been glazed with celadons and reduction fired.

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