Ceramic Archivists (Over 120 figures made)
An on-going commission for the
Internet Archive by Nuala Creed

Visitors can view the sculptures on Fridays between 1:00 and 2:00pm.
Call (415) 561-6767 for inquiries.

Here is a video about the Archivists produced for the exhibit, "From Clay to the Cloud", at LMU.

This image is featured on page 24-25 of The Human Face of Big Data by Smolin and Erwitt (photograph Michael Grecco Productions, Inc. 2012)

Here is a time-lapse video which shows the making of the above photograph

Here's a review published in the online magazine of the Getty about the exhibit in LA

"This exhibition is poignant, fabulously nerdy, and thought-provoking..." --Annelisa Stephan

Archiving the Archivists, by Carolyn Peter, Ceramics Ireland

Into the Labyrinth - an article in
The Magazine

Images of Archivists featured in

An article about the reception
in Silicon Valley Watcher

Inspiration for the Project
Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, went to China and was impressed with the Xian warriors. After he got back, he decided to hire Nuala Creed to start making sculptures representing indivuals who had dedicated at least three years of service to the Archive. Nuala has made over 120 to date. They are on display in the Great Room of the Internet Archive, in San Francisco, California.

Presentation at LMU for the exhibit, "From Clay to the Cloud"

A review of "From Clay to the Cloud" at LMU by Chuck Jones

Here is a video of Nuala and Brewster presenting at the 100 Archivists Celebration on May 30, 2014

International coverage! "Steve Jobs, Wikipedia, Snowden : des statues en hommage a Internet"

Scientific American "The Internet Archive--Bricks and Mortar Version"

Reflections on "From Clay to the Cloud" - by Carolyn Peter

"Harnessing the medium of clay, with its millennia of human history, to the era of post-print high-technology, Nuala Creed has imbued these portraits of 100 contemporary workers with individuality and created a telling snapshot of our times, along with an excellent view of the dedicated skill of the artist. The Ceramic Archivists stand ready to tell their stories to future generations."
-- Susannah Israel

Ceramics Art and Perception, issue 92, '13, pp 76-77

see Susannah's article here

These figures are featured on page 414 in the book 500 Figures in Clay, volume 2, by Lark Books, Nan Smith juror

Artist's Statement

I love the poetics of this project. Clay has helped to inform and archive human history for thousands of years. As I archive the Internet Archivists in clay, I am sculpting the workers who endeavor to archive the knowledge of our time for future generations.

The Ceramic Archivists is a large body of work that has been created on an intimate scale over time. Each piece is unique, and is hand-sculpted using coiling, pinching and slab techniques commonly used in ceramics. To personalize the sculptures I usually have the figures holding an object that reflects their hobbies or interests.

Ceramic Archivists are seen holding a variety of objects - these include a computer, cell phone, a model airplane, ice skates, a mandolin, and a 3D art book. Figures are seen knitting, sewing, holding cooked foods, coffee cups, paint brushes and palettes, skulls, and more. As I make these portraits, I feel as though I am getting to know the people on an intimate level. They become friends. I spend a few weeks working on each sculpture closely looking at their faces and body gestures.

Included in this collection are luminaries of the high tech world such as Aaron Swartz, Brewster Kahle and Ted Nelson, among others. Each piece is like a snapshot of the person, and indeed this body of work is like a snapshot of life in San Francisco today.

      - Nuala Creed

Ted, Mary, Brewster, and Aaron



2017, Nuala Creed www.nualacreed.com