Ocean Data Lachrymatory

Porcelain with lustre
Made at the European Ceramic Work Centre, The Netherlands

Kate handmade this Ocean Data Lachrymatory while on artist residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre in the Netherlands. Kate researched datasets relating to the health of the ocean. She 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 Ocean Data Lachrymatory is embedded with datasets relating to ocean mining and oil extracting. Each band contains unique numerical data stored in the surface of the artwork.

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