Siphoned Modernism, England

Siphoned Modernism, England

Siphoned Modernism
Made by Richard Slee (born 1946)
England, Brighton
2001
Earthenware, hand-built, with white glaze and polythene tube
Museum no. C.67-2005
Given by the artist

Richard Slee often adopts elements of the uncanny and the surreal to provide a commentary on ceramic history.

In this piece, a simple, apparently modernist vessel is fitted with an outlet pipe that loops back to its interior, seemingly endlessly recycling the contents. As the wry humour of the title suggests, the work offers a critique of the revival of modernist design in contemporary craft.