The Last Days Vase
The last day's vase is a handmade replica of "the first-day vase" one of the first (or if the first) objects ever made where a designer was introduced in the production line. Made in Wedgwood factories, in Etruria England in 1769, the object was wheeled as a neoclassical interpretation from a greek engrave. Wedgwood landmark on introducing an individual to produce solely creative work in the production line established a new profile of worker, someone between "the stubbornness of the artisan and the anarchic freedom of the artist" educated enough in order to be admired by the aristocracy and reach the academic precision, but broke enough to be employed as such.
This led to design emerging as a task division given to the factory workers in order to complete a product. And where the division between designing and making in its early beginnings alienated the profession from notions of collectivity in the workforce, settling design as a field -and it's practitioners- between dubious power and financial precariousness.
Stoneware clay - 2020