Cup #7 by Beatrice Waller
About the artwork
Cup #7 is a celebration of the handmade utilitarian object aiming to embrace the beauty of simplicity and the individuality of imperfections. The work arises from the learning of skills in throwing and glazing and a newfound appreciation for handcrafted objects. It is the seventh of a series of 37 small, off-white cups and is the most flawed featuring a noticeable scar, making it the most distinct of the vessels. It explores tactility being in the form of an object usually handled and used. Cup #7 also aims to accentuate the subtle qualities of its simple form found in the marks made through the process of making; qualities not found in ‘perfect’, mass-produced objects. Being the most flawed of the series, it highlights the beauty of imperfections seeing them as strengths rather than weaknesses. It promotes the handmade and attempts to embrace the subtle joys of everyday objects.