These porcelain slip cast teacups and saucers were fired to less than 1000 degrees F, similar to chai cups from India. The Indian cups were made for the untouchables, the lowest caste of people. They were the original disposable cup, thrown away and absorbed back into the earth, so that no other person's lips would touch what an untouchable drank from. These are still common throughout India. Curiously these chai cups are in direct opposition to the traditional purpose of European porcelain cups and saucers which were the epitome of wealth and status. In this installation, the socially obsolete porcelain cup is reduced to the status of the cup of the untouchable.
The cups fill a circle which reminds us of the circular motion of the potter's wheel.