The deadline is in sight for a project I began in June of 2015. Deathgate involves 1.3 million handmade ceramic 'stones:' one for each detainee of the Auschwitz camps. I can confirm that I will complete the work on November 21st, 2018. The significance of this completion date can be found on the page for the artwork itself: Deathgate.

Something I haven't announced is that with the work being finished in late 2018, it's first exhibition will have Deathgate showing through January 27th, 2019: the 75th anniversary for the liberation of the Auschwitz camps and International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

News on a venue will be announced later in the year and for more consistent updates on the project, Instagram is your best destination: @danelborne.

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Photography: Dan Elborne.

NCECA 2018

Afew weeks ago and for the first time, I attended the NCECA (National Council On Education for the Ceramic Arts) 2018 Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. It's one of the biggest gatherings of ceramic artists there is, and absolutely delivered on my expectations.

I've returned home with a lot of food for thought, some new friends, and a decent idea of how I would like to spend future time in America. I saw more high caliber ceramic art within 5 days there than I saw in the entire year of 2017. 

I would definitely recommend looking into it if you're unfamiliar: https://nceca.net/


Deathgate progress

Recently, video artist Kirsty Lee visited my studio space for a shoot. Alongside taking some still images, she put together this 30 second video that covers some of the processes behind making the 1.3 million pieces for my Deathgate project. 

For more info on the project: http://www.danelborne.com/deathgate/

Photograph and video: Kirsty Lee

Background photograph by Alec Shultz.