Sheridan Ceramics Research/Response at the Gardiner Museum

July 8 – September 29, 2013

tine1Prick Ceramic, Slipcast

Tine DeRuiter (’15) and Habiba (’14) were inspired by historical ceramic objects in the Gardiner Museum.  Their research and hands-on production resulted in these two extraordinary works.  Assembled from individually slip cast components and plexiglas, Prick by Habiba was inspired by a Meissen porcelain thimble.  The secrets that sew the seams of the unconscious Tine’s maiolica platter, reflects Adam and Eve motifs on tin-glazed platters in the English Delftware collection.

eve thimble

Tine DeRuiter

The secrets that sew the seams of the unconscious

Earthenware, 2013

I’m fascinated by creatures and gardens that surround them.  My 1st-year Sheridan Ceramics assignment asked me to draw inspiration from the historical collection at the Gardiner.  My two characters under the tree are in conversation with the Adam and Eve platters in the English delftware collection.  I heard my teacher Linda say: “Highlight the bird that flies over the bridge of the lovers that are killed in the willows.” I wrote it down and knew I had to use it for something.

Habiba El-Sayed

Prick, 2013

Slipcast ceramic, Plexiglas

As a 2nd Year Ceramics student at Sheridan, I chose for my historical research:  the Meissen thimble. Historically thimbles were used in what is still largely considered “women’s work”. Being a Muslim woman I face stereotypes of the “passive homemaker”.

Using 400 slip-cast thimbles to create a “quilt” with an Islamic-inspired motif, my work suggests the idea of strength in numbers. The thimble being a small, domestic and relatively benign object is indeed quite strong and serves to protect the wearer. Together the thimbles form elements of a dynamic whole.