The Domestic Ritual….commencing
Okay, today’s the day. This morning I start to formalise some of those ideas that have been floating around in my snowglobe-like brain for the last decade or so.
This morning I started a PhD programme with the University of Sunderland, in particular Andrew Livingstone, Professor of Ceramics and Lead of their Ceramics Art Research Centre. The programme is practice based and will take between 5-7 years. My hand in date is 31st January 2024. I was more than a little perturbed by this fact as I dealt with the dawning realisation that by then I would be over fifty (which btw is officially grown up) and the ‘new’ century will be nearly a quarter of the way through…..how can this be?
Having considered this for less than a minute, I embarked upon the real thinking task at hand. The first three/four months will be dedicated to formalising the proposal and a robust literature review. This will primarily involve my best attempt at making a some logic from the erratic plastic snowflakes.
The proposal is currently called ‘Ceramics and the Domestic Ritual’. The domestic ritual is my own construct. It’s my way of understanding the rhythm of dailiness and how making practice interacts with domesticity. Currently I’m not even sure if it’s a thing ….. I guess that’s why it needs researching.