This is an introductory course to learn basic mold making and slip casting techniques for producing a series of functional tableware. It focuses on the development of design concept through exploration of material transformation and various casting methods. We will experiment with non-ceramic material to make prototypes for mass production. We will explore alteration and assemblage techniques to design and create a unique set of ceramic cups, bowls, plates etc. for a specific social context.
This course primarily aims to develop the students’ technical proficiency in plaster mold making, material preparation, porcelain slip casing production, glaze application and basic firing methods. However, students are expected to consider a conceptual approach and conceive a final project based on research and drawing assignments. Reading assignments will be given to expand understanding of functional food vessels and how their design can reflect historical, socio-cultural and economic contexts of our food consumption.