39,910 words later, I've submitted my thesis to the examiners. Fingers crossed until mid-July.

As a reward I'm flying to seattle I have a busy week scheduled, including talks at the Wing Luke Museum (2 June) and Glass Art Society Conference (4 June), each on a different aspect of my work.

I'll also be giving a three-day workshop at Pratt Fine Art Center from 6-8 June. 

While I'm here, some new work is being featured in Edifice at National Glass Centre, opening 11 June. More on this later.


'Writing On, Around, and About Things': MEG 2011

I'm just back from Oxford, and wish to thank the organizers of the Museum Ethnographers Group for a stimulating conference, held at the Pitt Rivers Museum, which might well be my favorite place to visit. The conference focused on words as they apply to historical and contemporary practice in the ethnographic museum. Highlights for me included Chris Wingfield's paper on the incarceration of the ethnographic object, which went beyond the inscription process of things and deeper into the life of the object in the museum. This was followed up by Katy Barrett's talk on the layers of complexity when it comes to cataloguing in numismatics, with George III's coin collection as a case study.

I'm already looking forward to seeing next year's conference in Edinburgh, which might be on ethnographic display. 


Craft Meets Technology

My work Comb will be showing in a group exhibition, Craft Meets Technology, at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft from 2 April to 16 July.


Comb is made using a combination of print, fusing and waterjet techniques, plus some old fashioned hand polishing to achieve a finish that hides the method of its making.


Liverpool Map press coverage

Today we made the front page of the Liverpool Daily Post. Additional images of the map, with us and the major sponsor of the project, are available as a slide show on their site.


A Map is Born

Hardhats, steel-toe boots and reflective vests were the fancy dress this morning at Museum of Liverpool, where Inge and I were on hand to for the installation of our commission. There have been many process shots of the Liverpool Map over the past year, but this is the first time that the columns have actually stood upright. The burly installers from Beacon Display managed to get it done in about three hours, using no special tools to lift the pieces into their custom-built base.

Each piece weighs about 100 kilos for a whopping total of 600 kg (1322 lb), and is supported by neoprene and laminate in an adjustable steel base. The works are hidden with a nicely finished Corian top.

Inge and I are very grateful to the international interns, student volunteers, and staff at the University of Sunderland for helping us make this project a reality. Here is a selection of shots taken at today's installation.


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