MANY THANKS TO FRAN, KAI, RACHAEL, NICK, JO, JESS AND ALL YOU OTHER LOVELIES! Whilst night-sailing round the coast from my home town of Dartmouth, bound for Falmouth to start my MA, my thoughts drifted down to the boats and souls below; all those who never made it home. My current project has sailed away from actual shipwrecks into metaphors (and clichés); it is inspired by the romance and superstition surrounding sailing, boats, the sea, loss; the relics that remain and the stories they suggest. Relics from shipwrecks might be glamorous and valuable gold or silver treasure but the everyday objects like china, belt buckles or blankets are just as fascinating and somehow more poignant in their domesticity and ordinariness. Sometimes ancient statues or figureheads are lost at sea, imagining them ‘staring’ out into the depths gives me a pleasurable terror. Inspired by domestic blue and white china found on the sea bed and limbs from ancient statues trawled up in fishermen’s nets I made large ceramic arms. A 3D scan of real arms was digitally routed, cast, slab-moulded in local clay and glazed with blue and white designs inspired by sailor’s tattoos. The arms have a finger-tip to finger-tip span of 6ft, the traditional measurement of a fathom (the word is from the old English word ‘faedm’ meaning to embrace). The arms have been sunk in the sea off Blackpool Sands in Devon for a month before being recovered, broken but poetic relics. If you go down to the beach near there you never know what you might find.