More about Krater Vase, 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.
On a research visit to Rooms 13 and 14 I was interested to see, that in addition to Olympian scenes and mythological imagery, there are also scenes taken from daily life; domestic scenes of food preparation, and in the scene shown below, women chatting whilst filling their water containers at the fountain.
For Krater V.I, 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 contemporary British family life. In this case, it is a scene from the popular Channel 4 TV programme Gogglebox, where the family are seen watching and discussing the activities on their television.
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.'
- Michael Eden, 2017