AS I AM NOW ONE DAY WILL YE BE I
Wine, Jesse, ceramicist, USA, New York, New York
Jesse Wine, born in Chester in 1983, studied at Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art and now lives and works in New York. In 2016, he was commissioned by Kettle’s Yard to produce ‘Sludgy Portrait of Himself’, an audio tour bringing together objects from the Museum of Cambridge, modern artworks from the Kettle’s Yard collection and his own sculptures. The tour examined the relationship between art, craft, storytelling and entertainment, inspired by the story of local folklore character Joseph Hempstall who, lost on Wicken Fen, was said to haunt the area warning ‘As I am now, so one day will ye be’. This piece, one of three produced specially for the exhibition, responds also to a giant’s boot in the Museum collection. In the artist’s own words, it ‘explains the whole show in one object, there’s movement, giant-ness, dismembered-ness and a lot of life’ in the sculpture.
stoneware; Studio Ceramics; Ceramic Sculpture
early 21st Century
Hi-fire stoneware, sculpted and fired to cone 3 with rust-like finish from oxidised iron filings.
Distorted leg form without knee or ankle, the calf protruding and standing on flattened foot which has four over-sized toes, each with a slightly raised toenail. The underside of the foot is formed. The top of the leg is flat. The surface is rough, in varying brown and red-brown hues, which emphasise the contours of the leg.
oxydised iron filings; decoration
stoneware, sculpted and fired, finished with oxidised iron filings.
height, 56, cm
width, 13, cm
depth, 25, cm
bought; 2017-04-24; Wine, Jesse
Purchased from Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow, with the Dr John Shakeshaft Fund
Museum of Cambridge
Bought with the Dr John Shakeshaft Fund
no visible mark
Sludgy Portrait of Himself. 2016-10-29 - 2017-02-05
Organiser: Kettle's Yard, Cambridge (Cambs.), England
Venue: Museum of Cambridge, Cambridge (Cambs.)
Haywood, Guy. Sludgy Portrait of Himself.Cambridge: Kettle's Yard
Ref. exhibition notes: Guy Haywood, curator, conversation with Jesse Wine.
Harrod, Tanya. Causing Trouble with Clay.
Source Title: Tate Etc. 39 (January-2017)
p. Ref. Jesse Wine’s and other ceramicists’ work exhibited at Tate St Ives, 2017.
Curtis, Adrian. Mysterious Case of the Cambridgeshire Fen Slodger.
Source Title: Cambridge Independent(12-January-2017)
Ref. for the story of Joseph Hempsall and links to Jesse Wine’s work.
Object Number: C.12-2017
(record id: 216123; input: 2017-06-08; modified: 2018-04-11)