The rather intriguing title of the
exhibit is 'Containing…', a theme that encourages us to consider not just the
everyday importantce of useful containers, for food or possessions, but also the
containment of more transient commodities such as light, or emotions. The
students’ work is inspired by artefacts or functional ‘types’ of objects that
caught their imagination when visiting the galleries. The students have used a range of
materials in their work, including concrete, metal, leather and reclaimed timber, which requires the development of a variety of new processes and
|Foundation degree students from Rycotewood Furniture Centre © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|'Containing...' display in the lower gallery © Pitt Rivers Museum|
This exhibition is the third in a series of displays showcasing the work of Rycotewood students at the Pitt Rivers Museum. Rycotewood is a renowned Furniture Centre, located at the City of Oxford College, which teaches the principles and practice of handcrafted furniture making. Its emphasis on design, innovation and the mastery of practical skills and understanding of materials make it a perfect partner for the Need Make Use project here at the Pitt Rivers Museum. Need Make Use is a Heritage Lottery Funded project which, through a series of collections-based public events, workshops and displays, encourages visitors to appreciate the ways in which human creativity and ingenuity has driven developments in design, craftsmanship and technologies.
A second display, in a nearby case, shows work produced by Year 10 Product Design students from Langtree School in Woodcote, Berkshire. Led by jewellery designer-maker Kate Coker, students were taught repousse and chasing metalwork techniques in their D&T classroom at school, using their facilities. They created copper amulets inspired by the votive offerings and amulets on display.
| Amazing Amulets display © Pitt Rivers Museum|
|Copper Amulet by Robyn Sedwell © PRM|
You can visit their delightful display from 15 January until 8 March on the Lower Gallery of the Pitt Rivers Museum.