The Undefined Object works as a topic for the lecture and the works realized during the Keep in Touch symposium in Dubí, Czech Republic in late summer 2016 on different levels, describing a working philosophy and a way of approaching the hand work with the porcelain in a processual way, reacting on and respecting the needs and information given by the material itself while working with it.
Plaster moulds for the work with porcelain are normally highly defined and follow a fixed process from a predefined model positive to a plaster negative to a final piece to be finished and burned. I am interested in trying to modify and stress this process towards the open in order to be able to work in a way going into the process without knowing already the exact result.
For the series Naïve Joint, the connection detail becomes important and visible being one of the main characteristics of the design. Simple cylindrical moulds of different diameters and heights are cut into slices and parts and reconnected to form containers with handles, knobs or spouts.
Working in a surrounding of the classical porcelain manufactory of Czech in Dubí, famous for its blue and white “Zwiebelmuster” decoration, I decided to play with the color aspect for the joint and keep it rough and visible by just dipping the parts in blue porcelain for a glue-like connection detail.
The resulting series of objects reflects on the high perfection of traditional Czech porcelain production versus rough openness, possible playfulness and uniqueness, with the aspect of handwork involved during the manufacturing process and an ornament resulting from the attempt to make the working process visible.
The work with color pigment in porcelain has a crucial problem: what to do with the “waste” or leftover, what if the colours start to mix and get “dirty”? The series Fade, Splash and Spot simply make this problem their decoration detail:
Fade is a series of containers with different diameters and heights keeping the same volume. The smallest container is poured with a high concentration of color pigment. The other containers follow, being mixed with fresh white porcelain, resulting in a fade from dark to lighter blue.
Splash decorates large simple plates with splatters of the leftover colored material and Spot disclaims the use of any mould being poured directly on the surface just the way it flows by itself.
These objects represent a thoughtful way of dealing with resources, leftover, mistakes and spots and the possible recognition of their beauty.
I am interested in the definition of objects and the way we encounter and read them. By slightly changing the usual form and predefined use of an everyday object such as a plate, bowl or cup, the attention of the user arouses in a playful way. Of course, the function should not be disturbed by that intervention; i am interested though in the relationship the user starts to find himself in with the object by reading and understanding, maybe laughing or wondering. Being used to live in a world surrounded by objects and losing knowledge for the processes behind the things and consciousness through material, cultural or personal value, I am trying to induce an appropriate relationship with objects.
Regarding tableware, I am interested in a series rather than the single piece as the series can represent a concept in a bigger context and objects start to interact with each other.
The Undefined Object wants to uncover the beauty of a section, a slice, a tile, a segment and their combination. We are used to using highly defined objects for one special use – whereas less defined, they could be seen as a stock of possibilities to use, combine and work with applying them for various purposes. An active role of the user is proposing the possibility of being part and influencing our surrounding and the way we live in it.