Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I just ran across this project by Hella Jongerius on Designboom and I'm kind curious what others think about this color theory/glaze project.
Here's a bit of the write up (more at Designboom)
"entitled '300 coloured vases', the installation consists of three series of coloured vases in which the designer has experimented in colour, using the vessels as her 'canvas'. the first two series are a collection of forty and forty-two vases respectively, each partially coated with paint from the industrial color ranges RAL (2003) and NCS (2007).
the third series has been produced in collaboration with glaze experts at royal tichelaar makkum.
whereas the first two series employ industrial paints, the third series uses a combination of
a hundred historical mineral recipes and a hundred modern chemical glaze recipes, which jongerius refers to as the 'fast-food' colours of the modern ceramics industry. these recipes include such ingredients as cadmium (red), iron (brown), selenium (yellow), copper (green), cobalt (blue) and manganese (purple). the glazes are applied to the vases in layers of patterns, which results in an optical blending - something like a pointillist style on porcelain.
these experimental combinations of colours and patterns and alteration in firing temperature results in new colours, which unlike industrial colours that appear flat, have an irregular, layered appearance."