White Lead Sculpture by Clare Flatley

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Art Description

Sculpture: Glass on Glass.

In my wider research I have been inspired by the alchemists relationship with materials and how human psychology was intrinsic to their developing understanding of materials. For them each of the 7 metal have strong affinities with celestial bodies and each are associated with a particular part of the human psyche. The Alchemist worked through the 7 metals, starting with the base metal lead, to achieve a spiritual enlightenment eventually represented by gold.
Tin was a metal associated with Jupiter, as the biggest planet in the solar system it is characterised as a male patriarchal figure. The ‘jovian’ temperament is expansive and cheerful and can sometimes be described as superficial. Also tin was known for some time as 'Plumbum Album' (white lead), as it seemed to be a more perfected form of lead.

Inspired by recent imagery of Jupiter’s swirling clouds and atmosphere I made this object which uses tin to highlight the swirling turbulence of the glass casting process and also to imitate the atmosphere of jupiter. I used tin in porcelain slip as well as glass to create textures and details that are suggestive of a larger cosmic scale.




White Lead

Clare Flatley

United Kingdom


Size: 3.5 W x 4.7 H x 3.5 in

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