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The Ceramic Phones by Colin Radcliffe Deal with Dating in a Digital Age
Pulling back the curtains of queer culture
Art Girls Jungle 18 Feb 2021

In his sampling of ceramics, named “Tender Texts”, Colin J. Radcliffe – is pulling the curtain back on his experiences with Queer Culture for us all to see, and no matter who you are or how you identify – perhaps you can relate.

It’s ok if you don’t respond, 2019
5” x 2.75” x 3”
Ceramic, glaze


Dating in our current heavily digital age is a whole new game, and this vulnerable, tender collection of autobiographical moments touches deeply. The tension between playful, humorous perspectives and lonely, lewd responses makes us want to laugh and cry simultaneously.
Caressed into form from a porcelain clay body and then fired with experimental combinations of low and high-fire glazes – each work endures literal trial by fire resulting in final glaze colors that can be wildly unpredictable, much like love. How much of these cell phone matchmaking app interactions are our own perceptions of constructed information exchanged in the digital space and how much is actually real?

I’m so terrified that I’ll never have a real relationship, 2019
5” x 2.75” x 3”
Ceramic, glaze


A hybrid of combined fragmented realities, these physical representations of actual memories are a revealing of the intimacies and connections we often keep hidden on the other sides of our screens.

Text by Lauren Powell

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