Tom Palmer – Ceres Vessel III



Statuario Paonazzo marble

71x36x12 cm

26 kg


Named after Ceres the Roman goddess of the harvest and fertility, who was often depicted with a Cornucopia or horn of plenty, from which these vessels take their form. These vessels originated as a result of my QEST scholarship exploring marble carving in the trad centre of the marble carving, Pietrasanta in Tuscany, surrounded by the Apuan alps from which the Statuario Paonazzo marble was quarried. These three vessels were carved from one large block of marble and show how the colour and tone can shift through this beautiful stone. Following tuition from master Italian artisans I used a mixture of age old hand tools combined with contemporary techniques to shape and carve the marble, taking the walls of the vessels ever thinner to reveal the natural translucency of the stone. Rather than a conventional polished finish the marble has been eroded to accentuate the natural veining of the stone and leaving a more organic pebble like surface.



Tom is a sculptor and designer who practices in the space between the fine and decorative arts. He combines ancient and contemporary materials and techniques to create work ranging from individual pieces for private clients, to bespoke installations for interior designers and architects.

I am continually inspired by the wealth of artisan skills and the possibilities found in the intelligence of the hand. I find a form of self-expression in the materials and forms of the past, to create work that inhabits the space between sculpture, architecture and design.

Over time my work has come to explore the ideas and materials of the medieval and renaissance world, often through the secondary lens of the nineteenth century Arts and Crafts movement, attempting to meld ancient elements with more temporal concerns of design and form.

In my work, translucent alabaster takes on the vaulted forms of gothic architecture, tarnished cast pewter resembles some freshly excavated relic, part grown, part sculpted. Marble is hand carved to the delicate translucency of porcelain, eroded by hand and acid to the weathered surface of an ancient sculpture.

In a world of digital perfection and production we should question what an artist can bring to a piece? Perhaps by leaving traces of the hand on a surface, intuitively revealing the layers hidden within a natural material.

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