Manifest: 10,000 Hours

 York Art Gallery, United Kingdom

July 2015 - May 2017

In Manifest: 10,000 Hours, the work examines cultures of making and skill and the historical learning of skills. The project’s emphasis on skill was derived from the world-leading collection of British Studio ceramics at the gallery, donated by Reverend Eric Milner-White, Dean of York, W.A. Ismay (the UK’s most prolific collector of post-war British studio ceramics), and Henry Rothschild. The final work displays the 10,000 hours which, reputedly, it takes to become a skilled maker/craftsperson.


The York studio ceramics collection clearly displays the transmission of skills and techniques across generations of makers, who have shared in a community of endeavour. Working with hundreds of participants to the project 10,000 bowls were made in public works shops to explore making and skill in the creation of this work.