Transformer ceramics is a range of tableware designed and made from start to finish in Edinburgh. This work is intended for everyday use in the kitchen.
I design and make functional ceramic tableware from start to finish in my studio In Edinburgh Scotland.
I design the work on paper and turn plaster positives on a lathe.
The master is then cast in plaster to make a working mould.
I make all of the ware using the jigger jolly process. You can read more about that here.
I then print designs with hand cut lino and a ceramic pigment.
It is then fired to 1260°C with a sometimes silky clear glaze.
The material is a very hard wearing vitrified porcelain stoneware.
I want people to put my work through its paces in the kitchen, and make cooking and serving more enjoyable.
What is the difference between factory ware and my work?
In an industrial factory setting, there is an essential division of labour between the creative and the production. Within my studio, every part of the designing, making, and finishing process is entirely done by myself. I am combining my individual creative language with an industrial process.
What is Jigger Jolly ware?
A jigger jolly machine can be described as a mechanical throwing machine. Clay is moved like it is in the potters hands on the wheel, but it is also machined like an engineering lathe.
Jollying, or jiggering, is the mechanical adaptation of wheel throwing and is used where mass production or duplication of the same shape—particularly cups and plates—is required. The jolly, or jigger, was introduced during the 18th century. It is similar to the wheel in appearance except that the head consists of a plaster mould shaped like the inside of an object, such as a plate. As it revolves, the interior of the plate is shaped by pressing the clay against the head, while the exterior, including the foot ring, is shaped by a profile (a flat piece of metal cut to the contour of the underside of the plate) brought into contact with the clay.
Why use this process?
I’m using this process as I saw a real lack of creative expression in contemporary mass produced kitchenware. I went to an art school for my craft and design training in ceramics and focused on throwing pots by hand on the potters wheel. Through my education and afterwards, I have been exposed to a lot of beautiful and expressive handmade ceramics, but have seen a lull in its factory produced counterparts. I had an opportunity to acquire one of these machines, for a bottle of rum, and thought I could at least attempt to bring some of the expression I have seen in the handmade.
Why not slip cast?
Slip casting is another industrial ceramic process that many artists, designers, and craftspeople have utilised in the studio context. It is a tried and trusted technique of using plaster moulds and liquid clay to produce ware. There is one important limitation to slip casting that I wanted to avoid in that it only can produce ware of a consistent thickness. This thickness is controlled by the time the liquid clay is left in the mould. There are other variables that contribute to the thickness that include the slip consistency and mould humidity. I wanted to produce work that was very consistent, and that had a varied thickness. One of the only limitations of jigger jolly ware is that it is restricted to producing something with an open top, and ideally round.
Want to learn more about the technical step by step process?
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