Ceramics and Architecture
I have been experimenting since last year with imprinting fabric textures into clay, which is really, really fun. I have used fabric to make stamps for stamping into tiles, bowls, plates etc
and pressed fabrics right into the clay to take an imprint. I’ve been trying different glazes and underglazes to get the relief pattern as clear as possible
Well, the original idea for fabric and clay came from Remo Pedreschi, who has been doing research at Edinburgh University into fabric cast concrete. Some of the work that his research has produced is absolutely amazing, and I was able to view it in the Architecture Dept. He has also written a book incorporating some of this work; Material Matters. This website also has a lot of examples of fabric cast concrete, but what I’m interested in is the surface texture rather than the form active qualities, ie I’m not filling balloons with clay slip!
When we were in Nottingham last weekend we were taken to Nottingham Contemporary, which not only had a fantastic exhibition of Diane Arbus photographs (including one of my favourite photos ever) but also showcases some AMAZING fabric cast concrete panels. The architect is Caruso St John, the the lace used here is intended to evoke the area, which was the lace quarter. I don’t know how much stock I put in the ‘genius loci’ school of architectural discourse, but it looks really good!
There’s a lot more to say about fabric casting, both in architecture and in pottery. I’m looking forward to exploring both.