The 2013 British Ceramics Biennial which opened in Stoke-on-Trent on 28 September, celebrates the best in contemporary ceramics through a six-week programme of exhibitions, installations and events. One of the installations, Take Stock by Lawrence Epps, has been created from 12,000 ceramic office workers, which visitors to the biennial will be invited to take away with them.
As Lawrence’s clay extrusions are taken away throughout the duration of the exhibition, the ever decreasing installation will be captured on camera. Once the last office block is gone, the original installation will be replaced by a projection of the disappearing sculpture itself, played in reverse: the public will be seen to be building the work, piece by piece.
AM last brought you news of Lawrence’s Human Resources exhibition and street drop a couple of years ago, where he placed thousands of clay commuters on the streets of Manchester and London for people to find and take home. A ceramicist with the heart of a street artist, Epps plans to carry out another street drop to coincide with this showing. Watch The Sykey Art Collective for further details.
With the Take Stock installation disappearing as we speak, it would be worth your while to get out of your own cubicle and go select a piece of your own for free whilst it lasts. The British Ceramics Biennial runs until 10 November. The festival is centred on the original Spode factory site in Stoke town.