'Singing Pots' was a sound and sculpture installation created in collaboration with musician Susanna Bearfoot in 2004.
Susanna and I worked together using the forest as our inspiration. I built sculptural pots from clay while Susanna created sounds that we designed to magically come out of the centre of the large hollow pots as people came close to them. I also made smaller hanging pieces that both suggested sounds and also could be played acoustically. After the initial show, the project expanded in 2005 and 2006. It was first sited in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and subsequently at Taurus Crafts in the Forest of Dean and 'The Chapel', Amberley in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
The sounds Susanna created were a mix of acoustic pots, forest sounds and childrens voices. There will shorlty be a u-tube of the piece with sound on this site.
We were supported with funding from GLOSS and collaborated through site visits and school workshops with children of nearby Clearwell Primary School.
Nagshead Nature reserve, the site for Singing Pots.
Hollow pot made from clay and coloured slip and acrylic paint. Height 2ft 6in.
Hollow clay pot, decorated with slips and acrylic paint. 2 ft 10 inches.
Hanging 'Flute' pots made from earthenware clay and decorated with white slip.
Hanging 'Sharks Teeth' (can be played), made from earthenware clay decorated with white slip.
Small hanging clay pieces
Hanging clay chimes that can be played by gently knocking or tapping. each one sounds a different tone.
Hanging clay chimes
Harvey playing chimes
Boy and pot.
Hollow clay pots that can be played like drums by hitting the palm of your hand over the hole at the top of the pot.
Children from Clearwell Primary School visiting the site.....