Handmade: Understanding Creative Gesture in Pottery Making
Principal Investigator: Dr Lambros Malafouris
As a postdoctoral researcher in the project, I focus on exploring the semiotic dimensions of the materials and bodily techniques involved in pottery making. In order to study this creative practice, I draw upon the theory of material engagement, developed by Dr Lambros Malafouris. I specifically implement a working hypothesis known as the hypothesis of enactive signification, which I complement with the pragmatic semiotics of Charles Sanders Peirce. By applying a pragmatic and enactive theory of cognitive semiotics to the case of pottery making, I seek to illuminate the nature and emergence of ceramic material signs, aesthetic and symbolic alike.