Lines of Enquiry/Investigation

I started investigating the shapes found within the sea in order to understand the organic patterns that can be produced by the sea’s movements. I explored painting and denting both wood and aluminium metal, as I feel they are materials that complement the city’s architecture.

The wood didn’t take to the denting as it splintered and broke, but once spray painted the wood did allow for speckling. However, I did find that it was too flat and the wood wasn’t portraying the roughness of the sea. I was able to chip and dent the aluminium which allowed for a more textured product. By scraping and over spraying on top of the textures some beautiful and unique shaped appeared.

I experimented with these flat materials as I wanted to create my very own tree protectors, that would symbolise the Atlantics continued support of the cities growth. I felt I was not able to depict the ocean to my full ability on a flat surface The tree protectors limited my designs as you can’t portray the sea through straight ridged lines.

Plant pots are where planted seedlings often start their lives, a place where they first start to grow until they are strong enough to be replanted somewhere else. Much like how the Atlantic supported the city.

I decided to layer salt in between spray paint as the bumpy texture reflects the shapes found in seafoam. The salt clumps look very similar to the bubbles in the sea. The salt also has great connections with the ocean.


It was brought up in a tutorial that I was promoting the growth of a green city but using spray paint, this was counteractive. After being reminded that spray paint is detrimental to the earth’s atmosphere I can’t produce this product and call it green.

This led me to make a hard decision where practicality and morals are fighting against my design process. I came to the conclusion that if I am going to make a green and clean product, it has to be fully green throughout its whole process, or else I would not feel comfortable promoting a product that isn’t green.

When looking online at sustainable plant pots. I like the idea of the pot being directly planted into the soil. This means that when the seedling has grown and is strong enough, the owner can easily replant the tree. Making the transaction quick and simple.  This easy transaction will be appealing for buyers, as people enjoy simple ideas that make life easier in the long run.

This simple setup would mean that more trees will be planted as the flow and transaction are quick and easy. Encouraging more people to purchase a tree and replant it. Allowing Manchester to become a greener city more effectively.

I am designing my product to be used in shops and cafés. When the consumer purchases a ceramic wave the money will support the upkeep of the company and allow more seedlings to be planted. They then would adopt a seedling that would grow in the protected environment of their shop.

The Making

The pots are made out of biodegradable coconut husks and natural string. Coloured with natural store bought dyes and salt to create a bumpy rough texture.

I did experiment with homemade natural dyes but the weren’t strong enough, once saturated for a long time the pots would fall apart.

The Wave

I experimented with slipcasting and slab building. Becuase the shapes were so deep and delicate I ended up press moulding the casts in order to create them quickly and effectively.

Blog Posts From The Enquiry/Investigation Weeks.

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