Three painted and engraved glass copper-foiled ‘cups’. Linda Norris 2020


I am delighted to have been awarded a commission to make new work for the Ancient Connections Project. This work illuminates unsung domestic archaeology. Glass was used to remake ceramic fragments found in the landscape, combined with offcuts of glass and pieced together using copperfoiling technique to make ‘cups’. The ///what3words legend locates the original find.

My proposal, called what3sherds, is to initiate a ‘citizen archaeology’ project will begin this spring and I will invite people living in North Pembrokeshire and the area around Ferns in County Wexford to send me photographs of small ceramic sherds they have found in their gardens or on local walks. Using the what3words app they will record the location of their find and complete a simple ‘finds sheet’ which they will send with the photograph. I will archive these photographs, sketch and research them and use them as the inspiration for new work which will be exhibited alongside work by the other 3 selected artists, Séan Vicary, John Sunderland and Sylvia Cullen at an exhibition at the end of the project.

Ancient Connections is a three-year heritage and arts programme funded by the EU and led by Pembrokeshire County Council.  The project will link communities across the Irish sea and generate new works of art, community projects, events and activities inspired by the stories that connect these two regions.

Please note that in Ireland all finds must be reported to the Duty Officer, Irish Antiquities Division, National Museum of Ireland. This can be done by email, by phone 01 6777444 or by writing to the Duty Officer, National Museum of Ireland, Kildare St., Dublin 2.