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Ceramics and the Haptic

Galpin, Pippa (2017) Ceramics and the Haptic. In: International Ceramics Festival, 30th June - 2nd July 2017, Aberystwyth University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The haptic – and what is perceived through the sense of touch – is instrumental to how we experience ceramics and perhaps, as the oldest and the most distinctively pre-verbal of all the senses, how we understand experience itself. A sense of this, its significance and its mystery, led me to undertake a PhD at Bath Spa University (completed in October 2016), entitled: ‘Ceramics and the haptic; a case study sited in Worcester Cathedral’ Very quickly, my research uncovered a problem: we do not seem to have the words to adequately talk about touch. Though we use metaphors of touch to capture and signify what we ‘feel’, information about our tactile realities often gets lost when verbalised. This I describe as the paradox of the haptic. As a ceramist, I try to bring the results of my experiential contact with clay and with the world around me, into being. In this way my ceramic pieces become touch-made-visual, pieces of embodied reality, translating them into a mode where they can be readily talked about. For this presentation I would like to unpack these ideas by discussing my research, showing examples of my PhD ceramics work and, offering a hands-on demonstration with clay.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: ceramics, haptic, PhD by Practice
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
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Depositing User: Pippa Galpin
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 10:43
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 10:43
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5690

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