18th-century tea and coffee set

Bouke de Vries, Worcester Memory Tea and Coffee Set, 2022. Contemporary glass following the original form of its contents; the collected remains of an 18th-century Worcester teapot, coffee pot, milk jug, jug, sugar bowl, cup, and saucer. 9 1/2 x 17 11/16 x 10 1/4 in. (24.1 x 44.9 x 26 cm). Collection of the artist. Image courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London ©️ Bouke de Vries

Bouke de Vries: Memories in Porcelain

Bouke de Vries creates imaginative ceramic sculptures that capture what he describes as the “beauty of destruction.” Repurposing shattered ceramic wares, the London-based Dutch artist challenges notions of perfection and worth by finding new potential in that which is broken. The exhibition features eight new commissions. These include two of his distinctive “memory vessels,” in which the original shapes of broken ceramic wares are re-created in glass to house the shards. One incorporates English Worcester porcelain, a reference to the extensive collection of Worcester in the Bowles Porcelain Gallery. The exhibition also includes three “exploding still lifes,” in which ceramic fragments appear to float in the moment of shattering, as well as a work inspired by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Trained as a porcelain restorer, De Vries seeks to repurpose materials rather than let them go to waste, finding beauty and meaning in that which is damaged.

This exhibition is the second in a series of contemporary ceramic installations in the Bowles Porcelain Gallery.


Currently on view