Back in 1961 I watched an episode of "The Twilight Zone" entitled "A Penny for Your Thoughts". In that epi some schmoe played by Trooper's favorite Darrin Stephens, Dick York, tosses a quarter into the money box, it lands on edge and sticks there. This one-in-a-million shot allows Dick's character, named Hector Poole, to read the thoughts of those around him. Great gift, eh? Anyway, you all know that episode backwards and forwards, so it is just here to kick off this round of Hector-ing.
We all remember the original Hector (Ἕκτωρ) from "The Illiad", wherein it is claimed that he killed 31,000 Greek fighters and who was in turn, killed by Achilles, the heel!
Lousy painting with good horses. Peeps in those days were known to get stabby. Take that, Hec!
Back when I used to make round objects I purchased a book entitled "Ceramics" by Ettore Sottsass. I bought it because the book is filled with large photos of the work Sottsass did in clay - very colorful, very geometric, and I must say, very different. Open the book to any page and you will see things the likes of which you might not have seen before.
First, my apologies for the lousy photographs - I looked online but can't find good ones. He also worked in glass, and there are some nice pictures of his glass work available. I read his Wiki page and I have no idea what language that started out in, but it ended up in gibberish. It is a very confusing mess.
It turns out that Sottsass worked in design for much of his 90 year-long life. He fought in WWII, was in a prison camp, saw things that most of us never want to see, and some how came out the other side able to work and be creatively productive for decades. He was very innovative and the objects pictured here are such a tiny portion of his output as to almost be insignificant.
The book I have also has some of his writing. He was a very quirky writer. Once again, what is presented is actually the writing of the translator, but unlike the Wiki page, there is a true sense of Sottsass consistent through all of the chapters. He was a character, and in some regards, I wish I could emulate his nonchalant nihilism, but I wouldn't want to go through a war to obtain that attitude. He had a great knowledge of the history of ceramics and the role he played in that history. Great perspective on how things come and go, how they change, and pass from this world. I recommend his essays if you can find them.
He was part of many design groups and movements, probably most famously, Memphis. You may remember such works as:
One more thing - during the time I lived in the vicinity I learned that the name of the city is pronounced "Me-uh-fus". It's easier that way.