Production Ceramics, Spring 2017, Instructors: Kate Blacklock, Michael Lamar


Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)

A SLIPCAST tabletop set exploring the visual and tactile QUALITIES of texture.


Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)

Prompt

Timeline: 4 Weeks

Design and produce a pair of inter-related pieces that have a structural, utilitarian, and conceptual relationship to one another.The finished pieces must reflect a thorough understanding of process, technical skills, and design language as they relate to ceramic production.

Process

I wanted to push the boundaries of the process of slipcasting. I decided to design a textured slipcast bowl and solidcast plate. I looked for inspiration in natural forms.

Organic Inspiration Board.jpg

I decided to create negatives for the bowl, and positives for the plate. For the bowl, I divided it into three parts, carving the negative spaces at angles in order to prevent undercuts in the mold.

From left to right: Carving and shaping the texture, pouring the first part of four mold pieces, building up the clay body for the second mold pour.

From left to right: Carving and shaping the texture, pouring the first part of four mold pieces, building up the clay body for the second mold pour.

By casting thin enough, I wanted to create a positive echo of the texture on the interior of the bowl, which would be reflected by the texture of the plate.

Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)
Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)

In order to create my plate, I had to create the plate positive, then carve into the mold after had made it.

From left to right: Bottom of the plate model showcasing the foot, carving the positive texture into the mold, the finished texture carving.

From left to right: Bottom of the plate model showcasing the foot, carving the positive texture into the mold, the finished texture carving.

I picked a few different glazes I thought would accentuate the texture of the bowls due to the inherent properties of glaze firing, such as the moving of the glaze away from sharper edges and the pooling of the glaze in recesses.

Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)
Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)
Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)
Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)
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Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)
Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)
Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)
Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)
Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)
Textured Plate and Bowl Set (2017)