Wendy Campbell-Briggs investigates the idea of collecting and collections, linking historic and contemporary practice. Using the simplicity of ceramic forms to express the fragility of our environment, she creates both one-off sculptural pieces as well as artworks in series. Her aim is to make the work visually engaging whilst communicating an important environmental message about the consequences of global warming. We now understand this has the potential to cause extinctions in a majority of the world’s valuable ecosystems resulting in catastrophic species loss. As a metaphor for this loss Wendy uses lachrymatories, otherwise known as tear bottles, which were used during the Roman period to collect the tears of mourners.