I will argue that my creative ceramic practice has much in common with archaeological
approaches to the contemporary past in that it takes the form of a “creative materialising
intervention”, focusing on marginal or otherwise overlooked aspects of person-object
interaction. This will be illustrated by reference to recent artworks made in Seto,
Japan, a traditional centre of pottery production. By reanimating old moulds and repurposing
discarded sherds, my work explores the site’s changing materiality through time and
is itself a proactive contribution to the archaeological record, capturing an enduring
glimpse of the past and present of this ceramics community.