'Knocker Upper Sticks'

Cast porcelain and found objects.

A knocker-upper was a profession in the UK that started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution. At a time when alarm clocks weren't readily available or reliable, it was the job of a knocker-upper to wake people for work by tapping on their windows with a long stick. The sticks were hand-made, using common, cheap household materials, each a unique assemblage.

No such sticks could be found archives across the north west. 

This series was created in response to five people's personal recollections of them.

 

Exhibited in the solo exhibition 'Everything must go' Neo: Gallery, Bolton 2016

With thanks to them, Neo: Gallery and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.