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HOWARD

BOWCOTT
Ordovician Spiral
Ordovician Spiral
Detail of Swirling Slate Urn
Swirling Slate Urn
Swirling Slate Urn
Slate Spirals and Swirling Urns.
River-washed pebbles create organic forms in slate.

The urn shapes were inspired by Howard Bowcott’s experiences in Zimbabwe in 1987, during a deeply rewarding British Council cultural exchange. Their leaning shapes and inviting mouths echo the coil-built pots built out of the immediacy of the African earth. Upon returning to Wales, Howard sought to draw upon a similar immediacy with his surrounding landscape, using the slate pebbles revealed by the rivers of the Ffestiniog Valley.

A spiral is a radiation of energy. Returning the spiral back in on itself contains that energy.