It’s difficult to believe that some thing like milk should flip into a material that’s as moldable as clay, and as strong as concrete whilst dried. Tessa Silva-Dawson, a pupil on the Royal College of Art, advanced a way to turn waste milk into a compostable clay-like cloth by way of combining it with chalk. Titled Chalk Cheese, the cloth uses excess skimmed milk created in the production of butter or cream. Rather than throwing this milk away, she mixed it with chalk sourced from a quarry in Hampshire to create a moldable cloth with the consistency of polymer clay. The collection of vases designed using this material are molded from dead stock fabric to present it its particular aesthetic, however Tessa claims the cloth can without difficulty be molded via hand too, to make different homeware.
Chalk Cheese is a current reinterpretation of a material formerly utilized in sixteenth century Britain, where sour, milk that is spoiled and changed into mixed with limestone to create difficult floors that became as tough as stone after drying. Silva-Dawson’s material possesses more structural integrity, permitting it to be molded by hand or maybe spun on a potter’s wheel… and not like fired-terracotta which doesn’t biodegrade, Chalk Cheese can without difficulty be composted or was fertilizer after the product serves its purpose!
More than maximum other forms of artwork or craft, ceramic works can seem unbound with the aid of time. A vase might be hundreds of years old and but look as though it had been made simplest decades ago. That is partly due to the fact glazed and fired clay does not show its age the way paint, canvas, wooden and even stone do. And it’s far partly due to the fact some patterns practiced within the past with the aid of forgotten artisans embody emotions of liveliness and immediacy that cutting-edge artists like to emulate.
A beguiling working example is the gathering of bottles, vases, bowls and dishes from the 15th and 16th centuries in “Poetry in Clay: Korean Buncheong Ceramics from Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art,” a stunning exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The display was prepared with the aid of Soyoung Lee, an accomplice curator in the Met’s Asian artwork department, and Seung-chang Jeon, leader curator of the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, in Seoul, from which maximum of the works came.
There is not anything ostentatious approximately buncheong, which advanced out of the previously famous celadon, a style characterized by using its one-of-a-kind jade green glazes. Buncheong colors variety from creamy white to warm sunglasses of black. The wheel-grew to become forms are elegantly simple but have a relatively coarse, homespun quality. Some bottles have narrow mouths with out-turned rims and round-shouldered, tapering bodies ending in flared bases. Others are pear formed. There are flask-shaped bottles in the form of spheres flattened into canteen paperwork. Drum-formed bottles are horizontal cylinders with rounded ends. Bowls may also open out or turn in to expect squat, podlike profiles.