This item is primarily sculptural which means it is hard to use as functional pottery unless you are highly innovative and staggeringly good looking. Stoneware 1300 degrees Celsius. Iron Glaze and Gold. May bully other crockery if left unsupervised in a cupboard environment. Possibly incontinent. Made from New Zealand. Stamped STEER like the brand on a colt's arse.
Height - 6.5cm (Includes detail)
Width - 17cm (Includes detail)
"The Abundance of Water was specially conceived for Tauranga Art Gallery. Described as a ‘dinner table from hell’, Steer uses the framework of a banquet dinner setting as a springboard to explore ideas of consumption and excess through a range of both menacing and animated objects, each covered in odd bulges, knobs and spikes. His title is a phrase borrowed from the song Rat Race by Bob Marley, ‘in the abundance of water the fool is thirsty’. Put simply, greed is never satisfied. Initially trained as a sculptor, Steer continually probes the limits of art and craft. As he recently described on RNZ, for Steer a mug is ‘a perfect conceptual object. You use it every day. You cherish it. You have a relationship with it and you bemoan its loss.’"
Stephen Cleland, Director.