Ceramics Research Centre – UK

Clare Twomey - Forever


Location | The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas, USA

Date | October 9, 2010—January 2, 2011

In her first American solo exhibition, Forever, acclaimed British artist Clare Twomey explores ideas of permanence, responsibility, memory, desirability, value and the history and process of making ceramics.

This work was made in response to the historic Burnap collection at the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas, USA; the collection comprises 1345 objects and one of these, the Sandbach Cup, was chosen by the artist and reproduced 1345 times with the help of Hartley Greens & Co. Leeds Pottery, a ceramics factory in northern England. The public were able to own one of these cups if they agreed to sign a deed from the Museum that stated they would keep it forever: 10,000 people signed this agreement highlighting issues of ownership, responsibility and the notion of time.