Transforming ceramic waste into personal objects of beauty and function
What Is a Glaze?
A glass that fuses to a ceramic surface, affording strength to the body whilst adding aesthetic value. Comprised of a glass former - Silica, a stabiliser - Alumina and a flux - ie. Calcium, Iron, Strontium
Waste glaze is a prominent occurrence in the potter’s studio. Spilt on the floor, washed off the base of a pot or caught in the spray booth. This material is discarded despite being completely functional it just reflects a mysterious blend of mineral and oxides.
The Currie Grid
Ian Currie developed a method of observing the response of alumina, silica and fluxes in a grid arrangement. Altering glazes volumetrically to understand behaviours of these important materials.
Combining Clay With Glaze…
What happens when you mix reclaimed glaze with clay? Is there a malleable middle ground? This image illustrates a volumetric blend between the two materials. With a shrinkage bar, melt test and translucency tile.
A Base Glaze With Oxides…?
Oxides afford the opportunity to introduce colour to glaze. Taking a stable and familiar with oxides additions can open up a world of colour. This image shows a Magnesia Matt White under the inclusion of 9 sets of colourants.
The dolly is used to crush and process material into an aggregate. Welded together from retaining wall posts for a heavy and sturdy structure.
Discarded Material Library
Utilising waste streams such as discarded glass, pyrometric cones and pot sherds. Broken down into a format that allows reuse.
Thin sheets of porcelain and glaze material coming together to form windows of material. These tiles have the potential for lighting and diffuser applications celebrating pure material qualities.
What if the walls were waste? Uniting reclaimed clay, waste streams and local materials to form intriguing surfaces presented as wall tiles.
This object was wheel thrown using reclaim porcelain slop and a mix of pot sherd aggregate. The crushed aggregate bleeds into the glaze forming beauty blossoms of colour. Exploring the circular economy of materials this pot could be crushed, broken into an aggregate and mixed into a new clay body. Ready to shaped into a new form.