FINE BONE CHINA
UP AND COMING NEW WORK FOR 2019
Fine bone china commonly used in dinner-ware is composed of porcelain and bone. Horns, a form of animal bone, was used by the Vikings to consume food/drink but it’s said Englishman Thomas Frye in 1748 first used bones from a nearby slaughterhouse to create fine bone china. Through the likes of English brand Wedgwood, fine bone china is still used as a staple in high-class dining today.
That’s right, the average fine bone china cup is created via the death of an animal. It doesn’t look like an animal or taste like an animal but in fact 25 - 50% is dead animal (sorry vegans). How does it make you feel that we’ve adopted this as normal? Are we recycling? Are we giving animals a chance to live again? Could we use human bone?
Through casting my own body parts I have created Sculpture ‘Fine Bone China’. A functional drinking set using fine bone china and bone glazes allowing the viewer to question and elegantly portray fine bone china for what it is, bone.