Finn Ferrier began fashioning objects out of rope in 2006. This was in response to objects from the Auckland Museum’s decorative arts collections. The first series of vases came in 2012 responding to Crown Lynn famed Crown Lynn whiteware. Also, this was a way to make pottery without a wheel.
Ferrier’s vase forms are designed as decorative objects, that could be used without the fear of them breaking, unlike their pottery counterparts. These objects are made from braided cotton rope, woven together by hand. These rope constructions are made through an intuitive process, inventing methods along the way, starting from the base and building up to the rim, like a pottery form.
The original concept for these objects were an imagined craft of a salty-seadog. Decorative objects made for a ship’s cabin, ones that would survive the pitch and roll of the sea. They come from the Wharfware series.
Finn Ferrier’s practice involves collecting, walking and storytelling. The process of making, performing and the object are central to Ferrier’s work.
Ferrier graduated from AUT with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) in 2003 and has been exhibiting since.