The form came into being by asking myself what would be the most suitable form for the structure. Since the moiré effect is achieved by overlapping two grids, I came up with a cylindrical form which encompasses the structure and is suitable for the material of porcelain.
My initial idea was to make a vessel, an object which stands on the table and can hold pens and function as an organizing object. The visual effect would be reduced, however, so I thought further and came to the conclusion that it would make the most sense to make an object where the focus lies on the visual aspect, in this case a lampshade.
First lamp shade models: since I wanted to put the focus on the structure, I decided to hide the light bulb itself in the upper part. From a simple conical cylinder I arrived at the form of two stacked cylinders of different diametres since then the single stripes of the grid are parrallel and don’t become more broad at the bottom of the lamp shade.
Deciding whether the lamp shade could be multi purpose for use as a pendant lamp and as a table lamp, I decided that the material of porcelain is too delicate to use it as a table lamp.
First cast of the plaster form.
Experiment to find out how quickly porcelain dries out
Experiment to fill the form with drops of porcelain liquid
Experimenting with Baking Soda (80 grams for 1l of porcelain liquid)
Structures in nature are found in a natural way but also in a unnatural way. Holland or the Netherlands are a perfect example of a manmade country.
Not only were we fighting against the sea as long as the Netherlands exist , most of the country is below sealevel, also we are taking land from the sea and turn it into dry land. This gave us the possibilty to design parts of the land from scratch.
Holland is also one of the most dense countries on the world, we are with 17 million people on a land that is 1/8 thesize of germany. This means that all the land in holland is used very wisely and organised.
These interesting structures are fascinating me. Since is moved away from holland i have been fascination with a lot of facets of the Netherlands.
The dutch fields are for me a very typical few of the dutch landscapes. They are straight rectangle shaped fields that are filling up the landscape. All different kinds of vegetables, flowers, animals, corn, and grasses are growing there. Little vences with barbed wire are normally seperating the fields.
Heather fields in the Netherlands.
Porcelain Tests for structures.
A Structure carved into Plaster and than translated into Porcelain.
Structure tryouts made out of porcelain.
Not only is our contemporary society based on mathematical and scientific models but also pervaded by the digital. It surrounds us every day but only a few really know how the software behind it works.
How can a kind of visual epitome of the digital, the GIF, short for Graphics Interchange Format, be transferred to porcelain? I came across the GIFs by Canadian artist Nicolas Sassoon. They give the computer screen some haptic depth. I find it interesting how this depth can be created on a flat screen and want to apply the same concept to porcelain.
While asking myself what exactly it is nowadays that is not previously loaded with direct associations, I came across mathematical models. I feel that nowadays we live in a world built on science, thoughts and actions are legitimized by scientific findings to the point where science has more weight than ethical or intuitive knowledge. A model that stood out to me for its specific structure was the Voronoi tessselation named after Ukrainian mathematician Georgy Voronoy:
In a Voronoi pattern, every point within a given region is closer to the “seed” inside that region than it is to any other point outside that region. Each point along a region’s edge is equidistant from the two nearest seeds. It’s seen in places ranging from cracked mud to giraffe skin to foamy bubbles. Voronoi patterns can help solve geometric problems like packing, strategic placements and patterns of growth.