Caroline Allen

Institution: University of Brighton

Course: MDes. 3D Materials Practice

Title: Hand thrown deconstructed ceramic vessels

An investigation into the ambiguous nature of prehistoric artefacts, the speculation and understanding of such objects’ functions and the material culture embodied within them.

Functional objects are universal; produced to serve our most basic physical needs they transcend time, geography and culture. These artefacts facilitate an unspoken human connection with the maker. The display of the prehistoric artefacts in a museum context removes any intended function, resulting in a selection of objects that hold their own aesthetic value, while provoking intrigue and speculation. Through the exploration of utility, intention, aesthetic, context and display, the value of non-functional objects is called into question. Viewers are invited to define and apply their own meaning to the ceramic outcomes, allowing them to develop their own biography.