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This piece is inspired by my research into the Alchemical process and looking at the philosophical meanings behind certain materials. 

Lead according to alchemy is known as the base, raw material of the process. It represents primordial substance, beginnings and undeveloped states. 
It is also associated with the colour black, which in several eastern philosophies also is the colour from which all life emerges.
I wanted to capture this by creating a turbulent black substance within the glass that appeared similar to flicking flames.
This piece is inspired by my research into the Alchemical process and looking at the philosophical meanings behind certain materials. 

Lead according to alchemy is known as the base, raw material of the process. It represents primordial substance, beginnings and undeveloped states. 
It is also associated with the colour black, which in several eastern philosophies also is the colour from which all life emerges.
I wanted to capture this by creating a turbulent black substance within the glass that appeared similar to flicking flames.
This piece is inspired by my research into the Alchemical process and looking at the philosophical meanings behind certain materials. 

Lead according to alchemy is known as the base, raw material of the process. It represents primordial substance, beginnings and undeveloped states. 
It is also associated with the colour black, which in several eastern philosophies also is the colour from which all life emerges.
I wanted to capture this by creating a turbulent black substance within the glass that appeared similar to flicking flames.
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Primordial Fire Sculpture

Clare Flatley

United Kingdom

Sculpture, Glass on Glass

Size: 7.3 W x 3.9 H x 7.3 D in

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This piece is inspired by my research into the Alchemical process and looking at the philosophical meanings behind certain materials. Lead according to alchemy is known as the base, raw material of the process. It represents primordial substance, beginnings and undeveloped states. It is also associated with the colour black, which in several eastern philosophies also is the colour from which all life emerges. I wanted to capture this by creating a turbulent black substance within the glass that appeared similar to flicking flames.

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Sculpture:Glass on Glass

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Size:7.3 W x 3.9 H x 7.3 D in

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I am an artist/maker working with ceramics and glass and based in London. I creates both sculptural and functional artworks that reflect my interest in materials and in expressing states of transformation and movement. I am fascinated by the spiritual, psychological and mythical relationship we have with different materials, and the transformative drama that these materials undergo in the firing process. In my sculptural work I am interested in alluding to strangeness and otherness through the expression of materials. My practice is research based and has drawn extensively on the philosophies of the early modern Alchemists, particularly the way they developed their own personal psychology and understanding of the universe through the technical mastery of physical materials. This blurring of the distinction between spirituality and science, and between psychological and material transformation, remains the locus of her practice and a fertile source of inspiration in my craftsmanship.

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