I have been immersed over the last few weeks thinking about the theoretical framework to underpin my studio work.

We had to write about a theory relating to our frameworks we are developing, I chose Critical Regionalism. As my background is in architecture, my thoughts often go primarily to architectural theory, which I think has many links to other art forms. The same expressions of ideas are expressed in ceramics as well as in the built environment.

In the post for research methodologies about critical regionalism there is a discussion about the theoretical framework and origins of the concept. It has concerns for using local materials in a contemporary manner, of grounding an object in a place, translating the specific geographical and cultural aspects of place into another medium. Latterly the concept has developed ecological concerns about the effects of modernism on global warming.

A ceramist whom I suggest takes a critical regionalist approach to his work is Takuro Kuwata who works with traditional Japanese forms – tea bowls – but draws inspiration from his daily life in a big city – advertising hoardings, excesses of consumerist culture – his work draws comparisons to the vivid hues and metallic that were used in Pop Art.  

In reading for Tim Parry William’s lecture tomorrow I came across the concept of Hybridisation which I want to research further. It was in the context of contemporary Japanese textiles –  hybridisation and the post-modern condition. He discusses how since the 1990’s Japanese textiles have been developing methods that combine new technology with traditional hand made techniques.

I’ve started thinking about what form to begin to experiment with. I’ve been researching traditional Scottish ceramic forms, functionally most of them are vessels.


Casting from contemporary single use plastics/paper/foil/aluminium to make vessels,

Vessels – hold, store, collect, form a bounded space, traditional form

Vessels carry things/ contain things – meaning

Could be from rubbish collected onsite?

Cups, plastic bottles,

Every day objects like biscuit tins, dog food box, tins,



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