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Lumps of Clay by Thomas Nathan

Lumps of Clay

Photo by Nicole Marnati

What is the smallest possible action that can exist in terms of design? In ‘Lumps of Clay’ Thomas Nathan examines the infinite possibilities of tiny bits of clay. Pressed between mould and finger, each piece literally bears the individual imprint of the maker: the direct result of personal interaction with the material. Slowly built up one lump at a time, each object is systematically instilled with the self. It is a back-to-basics journey promoting the virtue of serenity and restraint. Here, humble beginnings can still bring complex forms and an experience far richer than that which comes from pressing a button, or twisting a knob. The need to make is very human, and our hands are the most satisfying tools.

Thomas Nathan