Setomonogatari – Ceramic Practice as an Archaeology of the Contemporary Past

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I will argue that my 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 recent artworks made in Seto, Japan, a traditional centre of pottery production. By reanimating old moulds and repurposing discarded sherds, my 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-256
JournalJournal of Contemporary Archaeology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2018


  • archaeology
  • art
  • ceramics
  • ruins
  • Seto
  • Japan

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