Archaeology of the House. Site. Object. Context. Interpreting a Collection: A study of the Life and Work of Robert Louis Blatherwick (1920-1993)

In 2014 I completed post-graduate research in which I made a photographic and written record of the previously unrecorded work of my late father. For this I utilised historical archives and family artefacts preserved by my mother in order to contextualise the development of his work in ceramics. My thesis used the house as a structure for the chronology of his work / life and included reflective, personal and contextual forms of writing. This was for a Master of Philosophy by Thesis at Manchester Institute for Research in Art and Design (MIRIAD), Manchester Metropolitan University.

The house was an important part of the narrative as it had been converted from a redundant bakery by my parents and grandparents during the 1950s, and they had done much of the work and created its style. It is now available for long or short term stays and can be booked via Airbnb: Stylish & spacious ceramic artist’s house & garden