Using extruded square section sections of grogged terracotta i started to build around a from cast from a bowl, the build process was very organic. Joining sections posed a series of decisions;

  • Which directions to place the added extruded section.
  • What shapes are created when I join the sections and what negative space does it create
  • How dense to create the structural network of assembled pieces
  • Whether to create geometric or straight edges
  • How will I physically handle the object once constructed
  • How much space on all axes should I construct
  • How does it change when the original plaster form is still in place or taken away

The resultant built form is shown below along with the plaster form.

Looking at the finished greenware I liked the occasional break in extruded sections, when upright the piece is much more revealing of the form no longer present. The structure created by filling space filled around the form creates another form that has edges and confines, it is very clear that it stops. The depth of the build when viewing the upright structure adds intrigue and invites further examination, it is curious. I will fire the and glaze the object to see what this adds to the work.

Actions to take forward include;

  • Explore further ways of
    • 'filling the void'
    • using different construction methods
    • sections
    • materials
    • densities
    • directions of build
  • Use different forms to create space to occupy
    • try more organic sinuous forms
    • blocks
    • branching
    • networks
  • Reflect on how these new techniques and trials change the visual language


UncategorizedDean Coates