This abstract, elegant sculpture is handmade from two independent pieces of slip-cast porcelain, conjoined using glaze. The wave-like shape is inspired by the landscape of Nagae’s home town of Seto, Japan. During the main firing, the piece is draped and tapered with the help of gravity, creating an original, dynamic form.
Courtesy of A Lighthouse called Kanata
● Type: Sculpture
● Dimensions: 31.5 H x 40 W x 72 D cm
● Material: Porcelain, glaze
● Date: 2015
Two independent, triangular pieces are slip-cast using liquid porcelain in a plaster mould, then dried and bisque-fired. After their surfaces have been carved and etched, the parts are suspended in mid-air within Nagae’s kiln and their joints are glazed. Through the kiln fires, this glaze turns to glass, helping to conjoin the pieces into a single unity. By manipulating the power of gravity, the following main firing helps to drape and taper the porcelain body into riveting silhouettes.