A little fact about my family and I, is that although we live all live apart from each other, we speak on a daily basis. My dad will call both me and my sister, Aisling, every evening to how our day was. So, I decided on this occasion to call him and ask a bit about our 'material heritage' and he gave me some names, artists and products that associated to the cities we grew up in in Britain.
brief 1 - personal & cultural
'These are conscious responses to objects that rely on personal and/or cultural histories, and connect people to objects through recognition & memory.
Behavioural & reflective processing can connect through personal histories, reminding people of objects and memories from their own childhood or family. They can also reflect an individual’s memory of wider cultural histories, referencing objects that are part of a shared experience, and that are culturally or socially significant.'
I interpreted personal histories initially on our heritage and what the city we are from contributed to Britain's material and manufacturing industries. My heritage is pretty simple: English and Irish; my dad is originally from Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and my mum is from Belfast, Northern Ireland and I grew up in a town called Richmond in Surrey, London. Although I haven't grown up in Manchester or Yorkshire these are both places I have lived for a good amount of time and whose landscape reflects their rich M&M history, and so I have included them in my research.
dad - stoke on trent
Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, commonly known as Wedgwood, is a fine china, porcelain, and luxury accessories company founded on 1 May 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood.
Minton's Ltd., was a major ceramics manufacturing company, originated with Thomas Minton (1765–1836) the founder of "Thomas Minton and Sons", who established his pottery factory in Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England, in 1793, producing earthenware. He formed a partnership, Minton & Poulson, c.1796, with Joseph Poulson who made bone china from c.1798 in his new near-by china pottery. When Poulson died in 1808, Minton carried on alone, using Poulson's pottery for china until 1816. He built a new china pottery in 1824. The products are more often referred to as "Minton", as in Minton china.
mum - belfast
myself - london, manchester, yorkshire
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