Jan Cossiers ‘Prometheus’

Update:  The project has changed some since I wrote this first post.  It became too difficult to hold the firing on Lake Hamilton – maybe next year once people have been trained up and have more time to focus on collaborating with Hamilton Council etc.  Still would very much love to do a multi-firing on water.  Who knows what next year will bring….

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Story goes that Zeus gave his titan son Prometheus, a job – to fashion humans out of clay and water.  Prometheus did so and liked the result.  Later on, when Zeus was cruel to humans, Prometheus stole fire for them so they could be warm and eat good food.  Thus the mixing of water, clay and fire.  Sounds like Prometheus was a ceramist!

The idea I have for my ceramic art residency in Hamilton this year has all those elements in it too.  Clay, water and fire.  Or rather clay and fire on water.  It will build on the original community hearth project, the making of adam,  that I carried out as a requirement for my Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree (Contemporary Craft, Ceramics) at Unitec, Auckland in 2011.

I’ll be using this blog to document the project and provide an easy way for interested people to join in the conversation and, hopefully, the firing.

Talk soon, Susan St Lawrence.


  1. Hi Susan, Clever you! Will post pictures of my goat, Mirabai, somewhere, either on my facebook and try and connect across to you. My life in technology is a mystery, so often my words just disapear into space, will they one day fall back to earth or is there a heaven for not only lost souls but lost words too? Regards
    Su Brown

    • Ah, a lost world of words, there’s an idea to play with! I hope your ceramic Wallace Rockhole project is still gathering momentum. I’ve mentioned it in a recent post, and friends have put it on their fb page. So fingers crossed.

    • Hi Juliet, welcome to the conversation. I’ve put the ‘follow’ button on the side bar of the site now, so if you click on it my posts will come to your email automatically. Look forward to your comments. S.

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