Vanitas – 2019

Through coincidence I discovered the effect that could be created when combining two different types of clay on top of each other. The base shape could be precisely cast in a traditional, controlled way, whereas the second added clay behaved in hardly controllable ways. In an open-ended process I examined the power of this technique,observing the own characteristic behaviour inherent to the material.

I used a simple shape that followed two main conditions: It was only supposed to bend in one dimension, to make things not too complex with the second layer of clay, and it was designed to be high, so it would make the effect visible on the outside. The mold I used could be cut in different heights to allow for variation. I tried different techniques of applying the clay: on greenware, bisque and high fired stoneware. When applying the red earthenware, I tried spraying it on, dipping and pouring. Lastly, I decided to fire some of the pieces low (red colour) and some high).