Why do you use anthropomorphism?
It tends to happen by accident or maybe subconsciously. I make pieces in groups that have a similarity but are never the same. I spend so much time and energy on each piece that their individual characteristics emerge. When they are exhibited together you can see the group dynamics.
What do you like about the ancient technique of raising metal?
I love allowing shapes to emerge without sticking to a rigid design. The process becomes intuitive, it calms my thinking, despite being physically demanding and extremely noisy. ln this technological era the idea that this technique has hardly changed since the early bronze age appeals to my inner rebel.
© Cecilia Moore
What surprises people about your work?
I design my pieces to be playful, they wobble on their curved bases with the addition of free moving internal weights. These weights are chosen for their sound quality – using fragments or shaped glass, metal and stone they create different sounds when you pick them up and move them.
What appeals most about what you do?
I love playing with designs, I love the feeling of absolute physical exhaustion after a day of productive raising, I love that I have the freedom if struggling with a piece to put it away and move on to something else, I love deciding what colour to aim for on each piece, and the surprise of patination in the final wax polish.