Cliché - Laura Potter

Cliché, Laura Potter, 1997. Image © Nick Moss

Object Details

Date of making
Date of acquisition
Jewellery making: casting
Silver, (ready made) glass bottles, paper, model-makers-grass
Bottle: H85mm x D27mm
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Maker Details

Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Place Trained
Royal College of Art, MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery, 1995 - 1997; University of Central England, BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery, 1990 - 1993
44 Harpenden Road, London, SE27 0AF, England
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Cliché is a bottle of tiny silver sheep to be taken out and counted at bedtime.

Laura Potter employs a wide range of precious and non-precious materials in her work. As a jeweller she seeks to challenge perceptions of jewellery as a purely decorative art and is concerned with the personal relationships that develop between people and their possessions. Her early works, including Cliché, incorporated ideas of health and wellbeing, gradually developing into an exploration of the emotional and psychological support provided by jewellery.

Cliché was part of a series of works acquired from the 1998 Crafts Council exhibition No Picnic, which focussed on attitudes towards products and production among contemporary designer makers.

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Paul Reynolds

“Attitudes towards craft are compromised by as many clichés as there are sheep counted on sleepless nights. This witty piece demonstrates that craft is capable of extending beyond the decorative and/or functional, and as such, is not merely a near-obsolete labour skill.

With exquisitely handcrafted humour, Laura has managed to bottle notions surrounding art, and indeed craft’s, restorative powers, which continue to sit high on politicised cultural agendas.

With local authority Museum and Gallery funding streams increasingly derived from Health and Wellbeing budgets, one might suppose that creative skills are not only cures, but invaluable instruments with which to craft a cohesive and healthy society. Perhaps we need to count on craft, not just count sheep!”

Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds, MA student of Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art, London. Inspire Intern, Crafts Council Exhibitions & Collection team.

From the Archive

Extract from catalogue for 1998 Crafts Council 'No Picnic' exhibition © Crafts Council

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