Ocean (pictured) by Natasha Daintry was jointly acquired for the collections of Tullie House (Carlisle), Gallery Oldham, the Harris Museum & Art Gallery (Preston), Touchstones Rochdale and Nottingham City Museums, with the support of The Art Fund. It is the first acquisition to be announced from The New Story of Craft purchasing scheme at the Contemporary Art Society. This new model of joint acquisition enables institutions to work collaboratively to acquire ambitious large scale craft pieces for their collections which would be beyond the scope of an individual institution.
The work, an installation of 1,000 slip-cast porcelain pots, is considered one of Daintry’s finest to date. The pots are arranged to form the undulation of an ‘ocean’ exploring Daintry’s fascination with reality and how she sees the world. Her interest in the natural world emerges through the materials of clay and water, the organic shape of each pot and through the installation itself.
Daintry is a contemporary ceramicist based in London. She studied at Surrey Institute of Art and Design and subsequently at the Royal College of Art, graduating with an MA in Ceramics & Glass. She has since built a national and international reputation for her studio work in porcelain in a spectacular range of coloured glazes.
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