I want to represent the strength and power of the ocean through its big and engulfing waves. I feel as if this idea can be incorporated into plant pot stands that wrap around the pot symbolising support as well as strength.
This snail pot found on Pinterest is my main point of reference, I enjoy how it wraps around the pot mimicking its shapes. However, with my piece I want the wave to touch and surround the pot creating a connected product.
I think the waves would look good in ceramics as I could achieve a smooth and clean piece, which will contrast nicely with the bumpy pot.
Experimenting in Ceramics
Because I have such a short time frame to work with I thought I would experiment with slab building in ceramics as it is the quickest way of achieving a final result immediately. I looked at making more open waves by folding the clay over, as well as thicker more sturdy waves that really engulf the pot. Both pieces I feel compliment the pot differently, however, I feel the chunkier wave looks stronger and more supportive, so represents the oceans support more effectively.
When the pieces were drying around the moulds the clay slowly started to warp and bend and no longer surrounded the pot perfectly. This created odd and unsatisfying pieces as they didn’t quite fit.
The pieces developed cracks because there was too much tension on them due to being so thin and having little support. This highlighted to be that despite slab building being a quick process, the pieces can be a lot more unreliable as they are different every time.
Because I like my work to be easy to produce and remake, and therefore more widely available. I feel slab building isn’t the best technique as unique pieces take time to make, and can’t be exactly replicated. This has led be to look into producing a slipcase mould so the pieces can be bulk made, therefore more readily available for the Manchester market.
Although slip casting has a lengthy setting up process with mould making and plastering, in the long run the pieces are more reliable and quick.
I decided to make the supports with one piece moulds which would mean taking away the bases leaving me with bookend sort of shapes. I feel this new design will make my pieces more minimalistic and unique. The base wasn’t supporting the design very effectively anyway as it was bulky, therefore I am happy to of been led to look at another design.
Slip casting has also allowed me to create soil wave shapes using less clay, therefore lowering the pieces’ carbon footprint and weight. However, it did effect my ability to be more creative with the waves shapes. As I couldn’t create undercuts the wave had to be relatively smooth. This might be a nice contrast with the textures on the pots so I am not too bothered by this limitation.