This is a preparatory drawing for the decoration of Porcelain Tears Bottles, part of a ceramic installation commissioned by the Rothschild Bank.
Lacrimae Rerum V (latin for Tears of Things) is collaboration with artist Wendy Campbell-Briggs. It is a continuation of a series of work concerning species loss, and using the lachrymatory and the pictorial imagery as a metaphor for the loss of our natural world. The tear bottles signifying the end, death and grief. The decoration depicting the precious and tenuous beauty in the world around us.
The bottles are both hand formed and cast in porcelain. Bisque fired to 1000 degrees centigrade. Then glazed and fired to 1260. Then decorated and fired a third time to 820. Each bottle is hung by a hemp cord. Total length is around 1m and 25cm high.