Creswell Crags’ Artist in Residence, John Holt, has been busy in his Pennine Studio In Holmfirth creating ceramics sculptures inspired by ancient symbolism including the cave art at Creswell together with his characteristic interest in “flow and fluidity” as an indicator of the natural tide of nature and humankind’s relationship with the natural world.
This initial series is amongst his smaller works that will be for sale soon via our online shop. John is incorporating the evocative cave art at Creswell including the early modern ‘Witch Marks’ found in Robin Hood Cave and the Ice Age rock art found in Church Hole Cave.
“It feels as I am liberating the symbols from those caves in some way. Revisioning ancient symbols is a fascinating process and integrating them into my Flow Art is particularly exciting as I am drawing upon ancient Celtic, Prehistoric and Medieval symbols and bringing them to light in my ceramic sculptures. The peoples of the ancient world made symbols to equate to a “world beyond” or as a “symbol of protection” and although we may only guess their specific meanings they remain powerful spiritual symbols of a reality beyond the earthy plane”. John Holt. 11/11/2020