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Film: A pottery zoetrope animation? Go on then, it is Friday after all

Long before the days of the Nintendo Wii and Hug Me Elmo there was the zoetrope; a very cool old-school gadget which creates the illusion of motion from a series of images which you spin around rapidly on an axis. It may have been sadly shunted to the toy-store sidelines but in December RAMP Ceramics collaborated with Jim Le Fevre to bring the humble zoetrope back into the limelight, stepping it up a notch by creating a ceramic pot which works in the same way.

Even better, they got Mike Paterson on board to film the whole arduous process, complete with the final effect, and then released it out into the world for us to coo over. The result is a splendid alternative to the digital animation we’ve become so numb to, celebrating all that is magical and wildly superior about hand-crafted imagery.

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Crafts Council: Film by Mike Paterson, ceramics and by RAMP Ceramics (Roops and Al Johnstone) and Jim Le Fevre

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Crafts Council: Film by Mike Paterson, ceramics and by RAMP Ceramics (Roops and Al Johnstone) and Jim Le Fevre

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Crafts Council: Film by Mike Paterson, ceramics and by RAMP Ceramics (Roops and Al Johnstone) and Jim Le Fevre

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Crafts Council: Film by Mike Paterson, ceramics and by RAMP Ceramics (Roops and Al Johnstone) and Jim Le Fevre