Ross Mcleod in collaboration with CushCush Gallery
Designer IN-Residence
January 2016 (2 weeks)
July 2016 (2 weeks)

15th July – 15th October 2016

The genesis of the Crucible collection began through the production of a series of watercolour and oil pastel sketches of bowl-like forms that contemplated the idea of what constitutes a “vessel”. These sketches were then translated into full-size hand drawings that were made in response to the selection of beautiful off-cut timber slabs (sustainably sourced Suar wood) that were stacked beside CushCush’s studio workshop in Denpasar, Bali.

The driving force behind the collectìon was a desire to develop refined and elegant design objects which retain a sense of authenticity in their making and intimacy in their use. Ultimately the pieces act as a reflection upon the primal relationships between ritual and craft.

The collections title “Crucible” reflects the desire to explore an alchemical synthesis; a fusion of functional, sculptural, material and archetypal concerns. It is hoped that the final transformation of the Crucibles will occur when the vessels fulfil their functional role as utilitarian objects, playing a small but beautiful part in people’s lives.