Having been involved in the Leigh Art Trail, Richard Baxter is now exhibiting in Artside 2011.
Baxter's work entitled Hoard at the Southend Museum involves a spherical goldfish bowl filled with water and several dry but unfired pots relating to the timeline of the history of pottery making. These pots are facsimiles of ones on show in the museum which were all made or found in the Southend area.
Each day one pot is immersed in the bowl and allowed to dissolve back into mud. Each pot contains ‘treasure’ (kept in bank cash bags) which is revealed as the pot breaks down. Each successive pot represents a later time period, and may be in a different clay colour to result in stratification of the sediment.