Exhibition at Museum of Royal Worcester
'In a China Shop' (working title)

Dates: September 2018 to March 2019

Laura White has been commissioned to realise a new work for the exhibition.

Proposal outline

A collection of porcelain objects that occupy and explore their own materiality - exposing the elemental material behaviour of this extraordinary 'white matter,' such as through the artists hands-on manipulation, and the processes and techniques used in the production of porcelain objects, such as casting, glazing and firing. Working with the materials capabilities and limitations, such as the collapses, breaks and cracks to expose both the vulnerability of the material while offering up new possibilities.

The installation looks at what our relationship is to the production of porcelain today, such as how the digital environment has affected our relationship to porcelain, from the handmade museum collectables, to the mass-produced digitally designed slip cast crockery we use every day in our homes.

The installation will make reference to MoRW unique collection, objects from the museum will be digitally scanned to make 3d printed replicas to then make moulds for casting, and to the everyday objects we are more familiar with today, such as plastic containers and fashionable household ornaments. Bringing these different types of objects together using the same material, conflates different histories and questions how we value objects in different contexts - the museum to the domestic, the perfect to the damaged, and what our expectations are for materials, in this case porcelain.

The collection of objects will be mounted on a long bespoke table that will both elevate the works (such as using a mirror surface for them to sit on), while grounding them in a workshop ethos, where these works have experimentally come about (such as using a trestle table or brise block for table legs.)