Michelle Timoney

'Ritual'

Rituals, whether they are formal, informal or chosen for their benefits, can help us cope with life’s uncertainties.During lockdown I took up cold water swimming in a nearby lake, it became a daily ritual to look forward to, despite the freezing cold water it is extremely beneficial both mentally and physically.I discovered the best way to warm the body after the swim is slowly, layering on clothes for the outside and a hot tea for the inside.

Using the mould making and slip casting method, I have designed a porcelain tea cup without a handle, the purpose of this is to ensure the cup is held with both hands to provide warmth. Material, form and function carry equal weight in this piece. Its surface design is a reflection of the waters movement as the swimmer first encounters the shocking cold water.