FORTUNE

Stoneware clay. Approx 22x18x15cm.

Fortune I: £220

Fortune II: £195

Fortune III: £175

These vessels are a response to seeing ancient Chinese money and portable weighing scales. They became 'purses' which stood in for the sleeves into which the scales would originally have been tucked. The images on them were taken from a book of traditional Chinese woodblock print new year posters. The age old tradition at Chinese new year is to to paste a new pair of posters on the front doors of the home to welcome in the new year and bring fortune and good luck. I wanted to combine this custom with the symbolism of wealth and fortune throughout history. Each purse is decorated to represent a different era of Chinese history.