Cornelian Conversations                2021

Cornelian Conversations is an ongoing research project around the historical and modern traderoute of the Cornelian glass bead in collaboration with artist Elizabeth James Perry.

Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage, is an exhibition recognizing the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing and its significance to American and world history. Developed in partnership with Fuller Craft Museum, Plymouth College of Art, and The Box (both in Plymouth, England), Another Crossing brings together ten artists from the United States and Europe for a global, cross-cultural effort that examines a pivotal event in world history.

In 2018, guest curator Glenn Adamson selected ten artists to participate in the project with the charge that only 17th century technology and processes be used in the creation of the objects. To fuel and inspire the work development, the artists and project partners participated in two research trips­—the first to Plymouth England in March 2019, followed by Plymouth, Massachusetts in April 2019. These immersive experiences created a sense of communion amongst the artists while providing important scholarly and technical information to inform the development of the work.

These resulting artworks illustrate exceptional technical skill, while also speaking to the social realities behind the material culture, and the examination of the Mayflower crossing through a contemporary lens. Through Another Crossing, the artists responded to this complex part of our history and its impact on our culture over the last four centuries. The project is currently exhibited in the Fuller Craft Museum.

The film is currently in production.  

Links: Elizabeth James Perry, Fuller Craft Museum
COMMISSIONED BY: Another Crossing
CREDITS: Tim van Gils (filmstills), Kuperus & Gardenier (woodwork) and with the kind support of Creative Industries Fund NL


Photography: Mathijs Labadie, Roel van Tour
Text edit: Laura Houseley
Graphic design: Kumi Hiroi
Coding: Henrik van Leeuwen


There are currently no internships at the studio.