Lawrence Epps, AGAIN, the very last time
The Original Spode Factory Site, Stoke-on-Trent
British Ceramics Biennial 2015
26 September - 8 November

Drawing on a body of research into the psychological predicament of risk, Wysing Studio Artist Lawrence Epps’ latest work reflects on the seductive power of chance.

Lawrence Epps AGAIN, the very last time

Over the course of the Biennial thousands of ceramic coins made by the artist will be distributed to visitors to play his customised arcade coin pusher stocked with terracotta, porcelain and gold ceramic wealth. Visitors are left with a choice as they enter into a wager with the artwork: keep their winnings, or risk them again in the machine.

In the development of AGAIN Epps collaborated with the poet Holly Corfield Carr to produce the very last time. This limited edition publication expands on themes raised by the artwork and contains a series of essays and poems responding to the nature of chance, value and loss. The book publishes a new translation of a letter from Fyodor Dostoevsky to his wife pleading for forgiveness, and includes contributions from academics, writers and poets including Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck University of London, Esther Leslie; Russian psychoanalyst and founder of the Sigmund Freud Dream Museum St Petersburg, Viktor Mazin; Antiques Roadshow expert, Geoffrey Munn, OBE; and Dr Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper Coins at the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. Epps has in turn responded to each contribution to the book, by creating a coin design inspired by each piece of writing.

For further information about the work please visit the British Ceramics Biennial website here.

For further information about Lawrence's work visit his studio artist page here.