Combining cartography with traditional ceramic techniques, Loraine Rutt creates intriguing palm-sized porcelain globes and limited edition wall relief maps. Recent commissions include a bespoke pocket globe for The Royal Observatory, and The National Maritime Museum for their permanent collection. She also has recently had her work acquired by the Museum of London.
A self-confessed map addict, I’ve filled my London railway arch studio with a library of vintage globes. It has been described as ‘A veritable globe emporium’. My work is inspired by an eclectic mix of satellite data, astronaut observations, historic cartography and social research, depending on the aim of each piece. I am keen to explore how maps are used to tell stories of personal voyages, family histories as well as celebrating occaisions and achievements. But I am also fascinated in exploring how maps underpin our world view. Currently I am working on pieces referencing voyage, discovery and cultural appropriation from 1500 -1700. These pieces are being made in response to historic texts that have been selected by TIDE ERC from Middle Temple Library in London, and will be shown alongside the original documents and the oldest English made globes in this historic building in September 2021.