by Daniel Costa and Dienke Dekker
The training of a complementary way of working together brought us to a research into stoneware and porcelain, two materials that complement each other as well. By bringing these materials into physical and chemical relation we finally conduct a collection of stoneware-porcelain meetings.
These meetings and mergings, the prosperous symbiosis of the two materials should be the leading voice in our research.
Deformation, shrinking, translucency, complementary beauty and the stack-ability of our research objects form the outline of the investigation: As porcelain deforms easier than stoneware an organic softness can be achieved. The combination of stoneware and porcelain allows subtle plays with light. Tactile qualities of stoneware complement the smoothness of pure porcelain.
We like to see the materials in shapes to observe their qualities in volumes, to behold the interaction with light and the relation to the 3-dimensional space.
Therefore we worked out a mould system that can be stacked in different ways allowing us to create assembled shapes in which we can freely play and organize the different layers of stoneware and porcelain. Layers that are independent from the shape. Every casted object has a plug on the top and bottom, allowing us to combine them in the raw state and fire them together into one object, or to fire them separately enabling us to combine them after the firing to observe amounts and proportions, making the system also applicable to bigger scales.
From the 8.10.2012 till the 4.11.2012 we stayed as designers in residence in the European Ceramic Work Center in den Bosch. The isolated environment, our individual atelier, well equipped workspaces and the technical support enabled complete dedication and concentration to the research. A place where nearly everything is possible and only time is an obstacle.