This exhibition features the extraordinary ceramic work of Helen Marton.
In 2013/14 Helen worked on Creativity in the Bronze Age: A Response, an internationally-funded Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) maker engagement project. This aimed to create opportunities for both the makers and archaeological researchers to exchange knowledge and insights into Bronze Age material culture and to reconsider the creativity inherent in those objects, tools and traces of making technologies.
During this time she visited excavations in Százhalombatta, Hungary, explored collections at the Nationalmuseet in Denmark, and accompanied archaeologists on visits to Bronze Age collections and monuments across Europe and the UK.
Helen’s research included an investigation into the use of Gabbroic clay, found only at the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, which has been used to make pottery since the start of the Neolithic period, around 5000 years ago. Extensive testing of this unique material has produced a number of interesting hybrid composites.