Transforming ceramic waste into personal objects of beauty and function

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Silica SiO2 In Powdered Form

Silica SiO2 In Powdered Form

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

 
Reclaimed Glaze - Adding Fluxes

Reclaimed Glaze - Adding Fluxes

Reclaiming Glaze

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.

 
Currie Grid, 35 Square Blend

Currie Grid, 35 Square Blend

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.

 
Clay : Glaze Line Blend

Clay : Glaze Line Blend

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.

 
Oxides Open A Window Of Colour

Oxides Open A Window Of Colour

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.

 
Faulty Pots, Dolly Crusher, Aggregate…

Faulty Pots, Dolly Crusher, Aggregate…

Crushing Dolly

The dolly is used to crush and process material into an aggregate. Welded together from retaining wall posts for a heavy and sturdy structure.

 
Crushed Aggregates

Crushed Aggregates

Discarded Material Library

Utilising waste streams such as discarded glass, pyrometric cones and pot sherds. Broken down into a format that allows reuse.

 
Discarded Gaffer Glass on Reclaim Glaze

Discarded Gaffer Glass on Reclaim Glaze

Glaze Widows

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.

 
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Wall Tiles

What if the walls were waste? Uniting reclaimed clay, waste streams and local materials to form intriguing surfaces presented as wall tiles.

 
12.5% Pot Sherd 87.5% Reclaim Porcelain

12.5% Pot Sherd 87.5% Reclaim Porcelain

Unique Object

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.