Ocean Textures [2018]

Part of a research project surrounding the coastal erosion of the South Coast of England, ‘Ocean Textures’ is a slip casted porcelain vessel that explore the monumentally erosive power of the ocean. Through investigating erosion processes such as abrasion and attrition, the physical strength of the ocean is translated into the mould making and casting process that produced this piece. A master is casted, hand carved, attached to a rope and swam into the ocean where it is left to erode in over 13 hours to allow the water and the rocks to shape and sculpt the form, softening any originally sharp edges. It is at this stage the relationship between the maker and the piece is questioned and point at which the ocean becomes the craftsman is explored. The vessel is finished with iron oxide, a pigment that naturally occurs within the surrounding cliffs.  


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