More about Krater II, 2017
'The Olympic Games are regarded as the world’s leading sports competition, with athletes taking part from over 200 countries. According to Wikipedia, 'The first Olympics is traditionally dated to 776 BC' . The winners would be given a crown made from the leaves of the sacred olive tree at Olympia. In addition, they often received pottery prizes, such as amphora filled with olive oil. The decoration on these pots often featured images of the competitions that the winning athletes had taken part in.
For Krater V.II, I decided to combine the ancient and the contemporary, by illustrating the vessel with a scene from Greek red and black pottery and a scene from the contemporary Olympic Games. Hence the inclusion of a Paralympian athlete.
I spent many hours creating numerous iterations of the design using Rhino 3D CAD software. Once satisfied with the design on screen, the data was sent to a bureau specialising in Additive Manufacturing and the piece was manufactured using the latest Selective Laser Sintering technology. It was then hand finished.
The use of these new tools allows me create objects that were previously impossible to manufacture and enables me to inhabit an exciting grey area somewhere between craft, design and art.'
Michael Eden 2017