September saw the launch of the “Arianna” tile set, designed by Robert Dawson for the Ceramica Bardelli company.
The set takes its name from the mythological Arianna, the Italian name for Ariadne, the woman who helped Theseus escape King Minos’ labyrinth with its attendant flesh-eating minotaur. She did this by giving Theseus a ball of string, which he used to keep track of his progress through the labyrinth.
The set is composed of 12 ceramic tiles with a thread design which combines with the other tiles to form a complex path. The tiles can be placed in any orientation or sequence and will lock up with each other. It seems to create a scene both of progress and of being hopelessly lost.
Dawson works out of London, where he runs his Aesthetic Sabotage studio. He received his MA in ceramics from the Royal College of Art. He’s known for his work with the Willow Pattern, which he’s pursued throughout his career.
Bill Rodgers is a Contributing Editor at CFile.
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