We are very excited to share the events taking place at LINLEY Belgravia during this year’s London Craft Week
, exhibiting for the first time in-store is the work of Michael Eden.
Following years of experimenting with ceramics, Michael trained at Royal College of Art where he completed an MPhil. An established potter, his interest in digital technology has been the main inspiration for experimenting in 3D printing and his pieces now include more complex and larger works of art.
We spent 5 minutes chatting with Michael about his work and this is what he had to say…
You originally worked with ceramics, how and why did this evolve into 3D printing?
It started with a fascination for the potential of computers (after we acquired an Amstrad in the early 90's!). We needed a website for the pottery, so I went to an evening class where I learned to write HTML code and it 'woke up' another part of my brain to alternative ways of creative thinking. I then heard of what was then called 'rapid prototyping' and could see the almost unlimited potential of the technology.
How have advances in technology helped to develop your work further?
It has allowed me to make the ‘impossible’ object. Almost anything can be created so I can let my imagination run and run and make what I could not achieve previously.
I enjoy the challenge of working with new technology and bringing it together with my previous experience. 3D printing is advancing all the time, so it’s essential that I try to keep up with advances, but for me it’s the potential to develop an idea that leads the way, not the allure of the latest gizmo.
And what’s the next phase of design for Michael Eden?
There’s a great deal of potential to create ‘hybrid’ artworks, that combine C21st technology with ancient techniques. For instance, I have combined 3D printing with lost wax casting to create pieces that could not be made any other way.
I have also been experimenting with ceramic 3D printing and though there is more work to be done, I look forward to the day when I can combine more of my previous experience with the enormous creative potential of 3D printing.
Your work will be in LINLEY during London Craft Week, how did this relationship come about?
I am very fortunate to be represented by Adrian Sassoon, London, who together with LINLEY share a passion for excellence. The relationship is such a natural one, with a focus on bringing the traditional together with the contemporary without compromise.
Out of all the pieces you are exhibiting at LINLEY, which is your favourite and why?
They are all special for one reason or another. Each has been both an artistic and technical challenge, but if I am to choose, I would select the the Arita and Imari vases. Imari is the European name for Japanese porcelain wares made in the town of Arita and exported from the port of Imari in Western Japan between the second half of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century. It was then copied by European and Chinese manufacturers. For me, it represents the way in which ideas, skills and materials have travelled the world since the earliest times. My pieces include some of the imagery from the Imari designs and I hope they are another chapter in this ongoing story.
Imari IV, 2015
Visit LINLEY Belgravia between 3rd and 7th May to see an exhibition of Michael Eden’s 3D printed sculptures. To find out more about Michael Eden, you can visit the Adrian Sassoon website here.