STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY BY LENA EVERDING

STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY BY LENA EVERDING

In November 2022 Lena Everding came by the studio and followed me through my work day. A day full of throwing different shapes for the A Cup of Me Project, trimming, sanding, sponging, handling.


A CUP OF ME

A CUP OF ME

Handmade ceramics as a haptic medium for slowing down is a project in which over 60 handmade ceramic drinking vessels have been created. These are to be understood as an alternative to the fast pace of our time. The objects counteract the imperceptibility of everyday objects and trigger a deceleration in the user through their form and feel.

In addition to the design of the objects, a place was created where the objects were presented and came into contact with people. Within several experiential workshops, 25 participants could interact with the objects over two days and experience them visually, haptically and in use.

We rush from event to event every day, work through to-do lists at lightning speed, eat our lunch on the way to the next meeting and drink our coffee in front of the laptop during the morning meeting. We think about what we still have to do and where we are going next. We drink our coffee from the white kea cup, which sits perfectly in our hand, is ergonomic and so perfect that we don’t even notice how the cup is suddenly empty and we haven’t even tasted what we’ve actually drunk.

It seems as if very little takes place in the here and now. Basic things like eating are done in between everyday to-dos without actually happening consciously. All of this is a symptom of our society trying to keep up with the fast-paced world and shows how necessary a return to more intense personal experiences with the world is.

People surround themselves with an infinite number of objects, material goods that accompany them on their journey through life and with which experiences and memories are associated, with which they identify, but which nevertheless seem to get lost in our everyday lives.

This work explores the question of how objects can offer added value in an already materially overcrowded world and what role handmade ceramics can play in this. The aim of the work is to find out whether handmade drinking vessels can trigger a moment of pause, tranquillity and listening can be triggered in users and whether, by using them, they can regain some of the deceleration and attention that seem to have been lost in our fast-paced world.

As part of an exhibition and an experiential workshop, people are invited to interact with the obiects and sharpen their eve for evervday objects in order to develop an awareness of the things they surround themselves with.


ONE SIZE FITS ALL

ONE SIZE FITS ALL*

The project one size fits all* was created to draw attention to the important issue of the Gender Health Gap. A series of six vases were made to visualize the topic.

There is a major Gender Health Gap in medicine. Today, the subject of research is still the man. The discrimination begins with drugs being developed and tested on male mice. And it continues with the development of new medicines, which are still primarily tested on men. Women* get even poorer treatment by male doctors than by same-sex doctors. A study shows that the mortality rate for women with heart attacks increases when they are treated by male doctors.

The top results for “heart attack symptoms” on Google are pressure in the chest, stabbing, burning or pressing pain behind the breastbone. These are probably the symptoms you know.
However, these are the typical male symptoms. Women suffer from entirely different symptoms like headaches, nausea, fatigue, jaw and back pain. Which is a problem since a heart attack should be treated within 45 mins. to save as much muscle as possible. When you know your symptoms, you are able to react quick and get yourself or someone else to the hospital in time.
If you don’t know the symptoms – well…
The female symptoms are just not portrayed in the media at all. For this reason, heart attacks are not recognized at all or much later in women, because they are just not well known.

A study by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that a commonly described heart drug shortens womens live with heart diseases. In the study only around 15% of the test subjects were women, in whom the drug did not work but was still described as effective.

Unfortunately prescriptions are still based on the ”one size fits all” principle — medication is developed for men only, all gender receive the same dose, although it has long been known that women* are often overdosed and that we’d need gender appropriate dosages.

The blue vase (ironically) represents the male that has a fitting lid which embodies the drugs that work for male. If you try to take that lid/drug and put it on the other vases, it will not fit. It communicates that one drug doesn‘t work for all gender, that we would need gender appropriate dosages. And that the principle ”one size fits all” just doesn’t work. We are all different and we need to see some changes in medicine and medication development to be treated equally.

The shapes are inspired by the pill shapes that are available on the market and is displayed to walk around to be able to see it from all sides. In no particular order since gender has no rules or harsh lines to stick to, it’s fluid so you are invited to see it as a group of different genders and also to place them differently if desired.

The colours are inspired by the pill colors but are also supposed to reflect the diversity. This project can be continued, there could be an infinite number of other combinations to convey the message even more clearly.
What I like most about this project is, that it’s of political relevance and works as a whole. But you could also use those vases for it’s purpose and let them shine with blossoming flowers.


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STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANNAH ROMBACH

STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANNAH ROMBACH

Hannah Rombach from Wiesbaden, Germany documented some of the work processes of a designer maker.