Activities per year
Christopher McHugh will argue that his creative ceramic practice has much in common with archaeological approaches to the contemporary past in that it takes the form of a ‘creative materialising intervention’, focusing on marginal or otherwise overlooked aspects of person-object interaction. This will be illustrated by reference to Setomonogatari 5 and 6, recent artworks made in Seto, Japan, a traditional centre of pottery production. By reanimating old moulds and repurposing discarded sherds, his work explores the site’s changing materiality through time and is itself a proactive contribution to the archaeological record, capturing an enduring glimpse of the past and present of this ceramics community.
The exhibition was attended by 858 visitors over the course of a week.
*Setomonogatari is a portmanteau formed from two Japanese words – setomono, the traditional term for pottery made in Seto, and monogatari, meaning story.
- Christopher McHugh
- Museum of Kyoto
Christopher Mc Hugh (Organiser)
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Organising a conference, workshop, ...
Ceramic artwork 'Setomonogatari 6 - The Ruined Cottage' featured in Ceramic Review Magazine, January/February 2018.
Christopher Mc Hugh (Participant)
Research Output per year
Reassembling the past: exploring the recent archaeology of Japanese ceramics production through creative ceramic practiceMcHugh, C., 9 Mar 2018, Independent Social Research Foundation.
Research output: Other contribution
'Setomonogatari* – Ceramic Practice as an Archaeology of the Contemporary Past', Session T14G Breaking the Frame: Art and Archaeology in Practice, World Archaeology Congress 8, Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan, 01.09.2016.Mc Hugh, C., 1 Sep 2018.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article