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Function Suite 2005

Claire Barclay (born 1968, Paisley, Scotland, UK)

This piece was commissioned from the artist as part of a project called ‘Function Suite’. The project brought together people with a shared interest in ceramics, but who approach this subject in different ways. The participants were Claire Barclay, Cristy Gilbert Keeper of Art, Paisley Museum and Art Galleries), and second year students at Glasgow School of Art. The aim of the project was to open up new paths of enquiry, reassessing the role of ceramics within the museum context and within the wider context of contemporary culture. Following discussion of Renfrewshire’s collections the group individually made objects which were temporarily displayed alongside the permanent ceramics collection. Of this piece Barclay says: 'I am interested in the oddness of many museum exhibits which don’t immediately divulge their use or origin. These curious objects seem at once familiar and foreign. In combining ceramic forms with other materials, namely jute twine and brush fibre, I am attempting to invent hybrid objects which seem functional but are also absurd.'

Acquisition Details

Commissioned from the artist through the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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