clay tile and spirit level
The square tile of fired clay with a sculpted dendritic melanocyte in blue glass was a gift from one of my first PhD students, Dr Sobia Kauser (Bradford, GB); the work of her own hands. Her PhD project with me was focused on melanocyte biology. On the reverse side of the ceramic tile are some kind words Sobia wrote to me at the conclusion of her PhD under my supervision.
This elegant piece of engineering was an object I found when I was clearing out some of my late father’s stuff. It probably is at least as old as I, and reflects my father’s interest in mechanical engineering. He was an exacting man, in terms of precision – a Virgo. The bright green spirit level reflects my Da’s and I guess my own striving for work-life balance.