Porcelain Skins by Jessica Drenk

Created with a non-traditional ceramic burnout technique, the pieces in the Porcelain Skins series are experiments in which familiar, store-bought materials are transformed into shapes that suggest coral, shells, or calcified remains.  This process involves dipping groups of cotton material into liquid porcelain, letting the liquidized clay penetrate the surface of the cotton balls, Q-tips, or napkins, and then firing these materials and clay together in a kiln.  During firing, the cotton ignites and burns away, leaving only the porcelain as a husk of the original material that shaped it: a skin.

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