“It is not simply to show power that a man throws coppers into the sea, In doing this he is also sacrificing to the gods and spirits”
Marcel Mauss, The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies
Inspired by the wrapping paper that is used to quickly conceal a gift before being discarded immediately after the gift is opened.
The vessels are made of porcelain and were each folded and glazed by hand.
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Heavily influenced by the eastern shores of Ireland, the collection of small vessels and slip
cast bowls evolved from a series of etching and prints done in 2017. The forms echo the natural occurrence of calcium and quartz deposits found in slate and granite stones. Using stoneware slip and a bisque firing the forms are then given a felspar and porcelain underglaze. Re-occurring dashes and marks are made using a wax resist technique and
submerged in a cobalt and black oxide mix glaze. they are fired at 1200 oC
The Home range
This ceramic range was inspired by ideas on home and identity. I wanted to experiment with mixing a variety of other materials with clay, whilst creating pieces that were personal to their owner.
I collected a variety of sand, soil, and crumbled brick and tile from a family house in Suffolk and the surrounding area, where I spent much of my childhood. I decided to slip cast the range to get uniform, simple shapes to best show off the materials I was using. As I poured the clay slip into the moulds I would slowly add the foreign bodies, allowing the two to mix and create unique, interesting patterns.
Once fired, I experimented with a range of glazes to best highlight the clay mixture in each piece.
Increasing the value of everyday objects through tiling…
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This project started with me thinking about giving an object the gift of value rather than giving a gift to a person. I do not like how little we value some objects that we use everyday and so started tiling cheap items to increase their value and enhance their aesthetic appeal.
In a separate vein I began looking at teeth enamel and its similarities to ceramic materials. These are some of my models of interesting root canals which I am developing into ceramic toothbrushes which stand unsupported.
I was experimenting with smooth, organic shapes of ceramics and decided to give it a function.
Ceramic mug enhanced with internal strainer and detachable and interchangeable Mahogany wood. It can hold the tea bag/tea leaves to brew separately and prevent them to come into your mouth while you are drinking your hot infusion drink.
Throughout history, pearls have been the gift of love, due the Greek-Roman mythology, as the goddess of Love, Aphrodite/Venus, born inside of a shell.
Pearls, has been known as “the queen of gems”, as symbolise unblemished perfection, modesty and purity. Renowned for their symbolism of love and a certain representation of status. Most commonly pearls are traditional presents for weddings, and marriage anniversary.
Pearl, was designed faithfully to the organic shape of the mother pearl shell, representing simplicity and an unparalleled beauty of nature’s lustrous pearl arises passion, desire and fascination from all ends of the earth.