Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery
Michael Eden (b.1955, Blackburn, UK), is based in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, UK. His innovative work is represented in public collections in the UK and abroad such as Crafts Council Collection, Leeds Art Gallery and Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include a presentation at The Holburne Museum, Bath (2015).
Eden, who previously made functional slipware, used revolutionary 3D software for the first time to launch his Wedgwoodn’t Tureen in 2008. This technology enables him to communicate ideas and produce objects that would be impossible using conventional industrial ceramic techniques. He continues to experiment with digital technology, producing larger and more complex works while staying true to his original intention that each piece should be unique.
Cyan Bloom is a visually striking example of the cutting-edge processes and materials Eden has employed in his recent practice. The artist’s use of a historic shape references Wedgwood, the company that pioneered the production of high-quality ceramics in Britain. The radiating structures have an organic appearance and are reminiscent of plant forms. Fundamentally, the acquisition of Cyan Bloom strengthens Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery’s intention to collect artists from Cumbria. However, the piece also complements the museum’s important historic porcelain collection and echoes contemporary artworks within the collection that also relate to the natural world.
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society through the Omega Fund, 2014