Detail

Rare Earthenware

A cluster of three tapered vases with same shape, but different heights and each with top rims curved in and outwards.
1

Smartphone Vase:

Black stoneware and radioactive mine tailings equivalent to 380 grams of toxic waste

2

Laptop Vase:

Black stoneware and radioactive mine tailings equivalent to 1,220 grams of toxic waste

3

Electric Car Battery Cell Vase:

Black stoneware and radioactive mine tailings equivalent to 2,660 grams of toxic waste

Rare Earthenware Vases

2014–15

Designers: Kate Davies, Liam Young, Unknown Fields; Ceramics artist: Kevin Callaghan, London Sculpture Workshop (London, United Kingdom)

Three vases were made from toxic mud—a mixture of acids, heavy metals, carcinogens, and radioactive material—dug from a tailings lake in Inner Mongolia. Each corresponds to the amount of toxic waste created in the extraction of rare earths used in the production of three high-tech products.

Image: Designers: Kate Davies, Liam Young, Unknown Fields; Ceramics artist: Kevin Callaghan, London Sculpture Workshop (London, United Kingdom) © Toby Smith/Unknown Fields

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