Covid-19 inspires ceramicists

Image of Lee Cartledge vessels inspired by Covid-19 virus

On 7th of March 2021, The Guardian reported how the pandemic inspired artists:

Lee Cartledge, a potter in North Yorkshire, has spent a large chunk of lockdown making vases in the shape of the Covid-19 virus. The limited edition Covid-19 vase is priced at £90, and £10 from each sale goes to charities helping people affected by the pandemic. So far Cartledge has sold 107 vases.

Some people have reacted negatively to them using the virus, which has caused so much misery and death, for personal gain.

Cartledge admits that, with hindsight, he perhaps wouldn’t have made the Covid-19 vase. “I got a bit concerned about making a large-scale version of the virus that was possibly going to kill a lot of us. It seemed a foolhardy thing to do when the NHS was overrun, and I was sat in a pottery in North Yorkshire knocking out versions of the very thing everyone was fighting against.” But he adds: “It’s just art. You’re bound to make objects that reflect the time you’re in, and that’s all I was doing.”

On a slightly different inspiration, my friend Karen Mistry recorded her memories of the year 2020 on one of her vessels and it’s beautifully down!

Image of Karen Mistry vessel in memory of the year 2020Image of Karen Mistry's vessel in memory of the year 2020 - Close-up
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