research product . 2021

The Bulbs: A conceptual artwork cast in porcelain

Siukola, Anna;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2021
  • Country: Finland
The aim of this thesis is to create a porcelain artwork by using slipcasting. The work explains what slip means, what it is composed of and how it is produced; further on, it studies surface decoration applications such as glazes; and finally, it presents the created cast porcelain artwork variations. The thesis consists of a knowledge base and an implementation part. In the theoretical part, a porcelain slip, high-fire glazes, the principles of creating them, and what happens to the compounds in an electric kiln during firings, are studied. The target of this research is to build a theoretical platform supporting the making process. The practical part demonstrates the process of creating the artwork, which is a combination of cast porcelain bulbs of various shapes and sizes. The porcelain slip is created and used for casting, and the glazes are made and used for the surface decoration, the porcelain bulbs are finalized. Some bulbs are glazed partially, and some are left unglazed – to show the beauty of the contrast of a stunningly white porcelain and bright glazes. The final artwork variations are multi-colored and the parts within them – all have an original look. The artwork theme presented in this work is only one of possible variations. Depending on the number of bulbs, and the means of their attachments, they can be easily re-assembled into new artistic installations. This concept offers a very creative playground for an artist.
free text keywords: Lasi ja Keramiikka, fi=Muotoilu|sv=Formgivning|en=Design|, glazing, porcelain, ceramics, ceramic art, pottery, ceramic materials, Muotoilun koulutus
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