Janice’s travel flasks are a material response to William Holburne’s paper passport document, his travelling Yixing teapot and his experience of the Grand Tour.
The travel flasks take the flattened globular form of the Yixing teapot and the texture, patination and delicacy of the incised and print decorated porcelain relates to the 200 year-old paper passport.
The flasks have been created as multiples, as were Yixing teapots and travel flasks historically, and reduced to a ‘scale of travel’ to be worn or carried on the person.
Travel flasks are an inherent part of cultural and spiritual pilgrimage and the Holburne travel flasks will be on a voyage of their own in the Museum to celebrate Holburne’s Grand Tour and the 2018 Holburne Museum’s Up-Late event.
The flasks are suspended in wave formation, symbolising the highs and lows of his long voyage.