Quantum Ceramics

17 Mar — 8 Apr 2017 at the Knight Webb Gallery in Brixton, United Kingdom

Quantum Ceramics. Courtesy of Knight Webb
Quantum Ceramics. Courtesy of Knight Webb
13 MAR 2017

From an early age, growing up in Jerusalem I had a strong affinity with ceramics; the Japanese vessels that my grandfather collected and the abundant shards of pots from local archeology

(Nadav Drukker)

Quantum Ceramics is the first solo exhibition of ceramic works by theoretical Physicist, Nadav Drukker based at Kings College London, who makes traditional studio pottery as an alternative means to communicate his scientific research. Knight Webb Gallery are delighted to be presenting a selection of works from Drukker’s string theory related ceramics. His recent works are especially innovative, and suit the gallery aesthetic of embracing both modern and contemporary art.

The works are presented as a series of six projects: Circle, Cusp, Index, Polygons, Cut, and Defect. Each series is based on a research paper by Drukker. The works are all traditional glazed stoneware and porcelain vessels and will be shown on glass shelves, grouped as still lifes, reflecting the paintings of Giorgio Morandi.

Nadav Drukker is a part time reader in Theoretical Physics who is based at Kings College London. When he is not working on his physics research, Nadav can be found working on his ceramics from his Brixton home studio, which is equipped with two kilns.

Nadav studied Maths and physics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem before gaining a PHD from Princeton University. He has since held a number of research positions at a number of top universities and developed an interest in ceramics as a means of communicating his research and engaging a wider audience with science, and the boundaries between science and art.

The artist’s life as a physicist is very insular, due in part to the long periods of intense work, and also in part to the relatively small number of people who can relate to this abstract field. Although pottery can also be a solitary activity, Drukker has engaged with ceramics as a tool for communicating science to a wider audience. He shares his enthusiasm for String Theory by presenting his research as an artistic manifestation through his ceramics work.

Originally ceramics were a way for me to focus on something other the grueling research environment, but recently I have felt compelled to combine my two passions

(Nadav Drukker)