Last week I spent a marvellous day with MMU's Saturday Club students visiting the Museum of Science and Industry and the Manchester Museum.
We were there looking at ways in which humans have harvested, stored, cooked and eaten food through the ages. This was to act as a primary resource to influence our hotpot project at The Pilcrow. The students drew, took notes, wrote stories and produced a wodge of visual and written information that will be passed on to our hotpot throwing group this Saturday at my workshop.
MOSI have a great collection of wartime cookery books with strange recipes like Bully Omelette and Mock Duck; these were indeed meals from another time.
The afternoon brought just as many exciting discoveries with a session of object integration at the Manchester Museum. Here we looked at a selection of ancient ceramic cooking pots from around the world. Although many of these items date back to 2000bc the processes and materials used to make them are relatively similar to the processes and materials we will be using in our workshop to re-interpret them next week.
I find it incredibly refreshing that we can still validly use a 4000 year old process to produce new work.
Find out more about Saturday Club here.