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BREAKING THE MOULD

Taking influence from forms in modern architecture I create a diverse range of plaster slabs that are then used to construct three-dimensional moulds. These custom built moulds allow me to produce a variety of one-off cast pieces that have both sculptural and functional qualities.’

I was introduced to mould making at Loughborough University and was impressed by the surface quality of slip cast forms. This was something I was keen to incorporate into much more individual, sculptural work. Working on this principle I began to develop a unique way of casting ceramic.

The technique I've evolved is a very unconventional and experimental way of slip casting. Custom building moulds to produce one off pieces contradicts the general application of slip casting in ceramic. Using the plaster bats I create an enclosed space, which can then be filled with ceramic slip. This can be left to cast for up to 40 minutes, and then emptied. Whilst I can roughly visualise the end product, I am allowing, to a certain degree, the process to dictate the form. It’s as much about the eccentricities that occur when casting this way. For example, the way the slip may run into a groove between 2 plaster bats, or create an air pocket within the form. It’s these exciting qualities that emphasise the true individuality of each vessel. If I’m interested in a particular outcome, I will investigate how it occurred, and try to re-create it when casting another vessel.

In terms of glazing I have tried various earthenware and stoneware firings, including salt firings.  I am constantly exploring various glaze recipes but strive for a surface quality that compliments the form of the piece.

With this being a relatively unique process for slip casting, I feel there are a lot more avenues of exploration. I am constantly trying to develop the mould making process. Whether it be creating a new range of plaster bats, or expanding the mould making process to create new forms, it is an ongoing process.

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