Erin McCutcheon is a Toronto based artist and designer who received a BDes, Major in Industrial Design from OCAD (2008) and a BFA, Major in Metalsmithing from NSCAD (1998).

I find inspiration from history and memories, stories from the past, either my own or a great tale from others. I am fascinated with the act of making and find curiosity in how materials react and respond to different processes. Current medium is clay.


Two years ago I moved into a new studio. I was so happy to have a new space and for the first time ever, a studio all to myself. I unpacked and set up and was stoked to get working on something, to christen the studio. My mind was blank. I dug through my molds to find something to cast, I didn’t care what it was. I came across a mold I had purchased at an antiques store years ago that was to cast porcelain doll hands. I cast a few and felt happy and productive although I had no use for the hands. Before I knew it, there was 100 hands and I’d worn out the mold. Time to fire the hands and make a new mold.

Fast forward a few hundred hands… I couldn’t stop.

I set a goal of 1000 hands. Each 100 hands I made, I’d fire them and make a new mold and start over. This meant each set of 100 hands would be 10% smaller than the previous batch. I was obsessed with the idea that I had no clue what I was going to end up with, they could end up being millimetres tall. I was so driven with this experiment in curiosity, a hiatus from any real work I could have been producing. I didn’t find this boring or tedious, I found it to be a meditative activity. It was calming, hypnotic, brainless work but somehow I still found myself caring about every little fingernail I carved out. All 10,000 of them.

Dimensions: Varied

Materials: Porcelain