Cast, fire, Repeat…
‘Along the wall stood pot after pot, some were articulate and some where not’ Omar Khayyam (1048-1131)
Slip casting…. A way of producing form after form with identical characteristics.
But that could get quite dull.
I have been casting for years, vessel after similar vessel; but what happens if the slip casting process is disrupted and starts to produce interruptions and distortions?
I feel like casting will be one of the ways I explore the rhythm of domesticity through my ceramics practice. If I break down my recent work there are some qualities which continue to occur:
- Multiples of vessels – usually slightly different but in series
- Vessels which hint at function but don’t
- Additions. Mixed media ceramics which include embroidery thread, ribbon, nuts and bolts, padlocks, wire etc etc
Casting fits nicely into these categories. I often cast and alter but I’ve been working on a way of making the process do a little serendipitous decorating of its own. I have developed a way of marbling the slip whilst in the mould. It involves a precarious element of chance and creates equal quantities of gorgeous and hideous results.
The two clays are the same body. White low temp porcelain slip, the white in its raw state and the black with the addition of 10% stain. Having used this combination of stain and porcelain in the past I know it reacts badly. Bloating and bubbling are often considered undesirable outcomes for ceramics production. Clearly the stain is not compatible with the high firing temperatures of the porcelain. Whilst usually this would be a dealbreaker, on this occasion the contrast between the smooth white and the rough craggy black is better than I could have hoped for.
I’ll be making more, pushing the limits of what I can do with this method. Back to the workshop….keep watching.