Over the past few months i've reached several milestones for the Deathgate project. Working toward the ultimate goal of 1.3 million handmade ceramic 'stones' for each detainee of the Auschwitz camps, I recently cleared 3 years since I started this project. The deadline of finishing later this year (November 21st) is clear in sight and absolutely achievable.

The final work will present two separate beds of the 'stones:' one containing 1.1 million for those who were killed in the camps, and the other containing 200,000 for those who survived. Not too long ago I exceeded 1.1 million ceramic 'stones' made, meaning that (as I have structured the production in my head) I have now shifted to producing a 'stone' for each survivor. Mentality-wise, this has been a personal shifting point and an interesting adjustment to be experiencing. I'll write more about this in the future.

For now, my lack of updating this page isn't for a lack of work. Amongst maintaining the production of 10,000 pieces per week for the Deathgate project, I am also blending the different fired clay types in an attempt to closely colour match what can be found onsite at the Auschwitz camps today. This means a lot of shovelling, re-weighing and re-bagging the completed 'stones' so they are exhibition ready, and to confirm my total number made so far.

More updates to come.

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Photography: James Green (Instagram @jamestgreen)

Shoe Box Show

A work of mine is currently showing in the Shoe Box Show at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark. Curated by the current director, Mette Blum Marcher to celebrate her 40th Birthday, 40 previous residents of Guldagergaard ICRC have been selected to provide a piece that can fit within a shoe box for the exhibition. The show will tour beyond it's current display in the Apple House Gallery of Guldagergaard and my work (pictured below) has been accepted into the Apple House ceramics collection beyond the tour.

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Photography: Dan Elborne.


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.

Background photograph by Alec Shultz.