Ceramics: Knitted and Embroidered

by artesprit on July 16, 2008

in Ceramics+Wood+Glass, Whip-Up

tumbler by stacey esslingerStacey Esslinger has been creating hand built porcelain ceramic functional ware since 2005. Her work is often the first thing other ceramic artists notice when they come into our gallery at artstream. Really show stopping!
A little bit about her:
Stacey Esslinger received her B.F.A. in May, 2005 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY. During the summer of 2002 Stacey traveled to China to study traditional Chinese ceramics.
Her process:
Using a variety of fabrics, textiles, and molds of knitting I texture a flat slab by pressing the fabric into the clay using a rolling pin. I then cut out patterns which I have developed by trial and error, and let the porcelain slab dry enough for handling. Using techniques similar to sewing the seams and darts are joined together creating a three dimensional form. The last step is to add rims, feet, handles, and spouts. The pieces dry slowly, are bisque fired, glazed, and then fired again. All my work is functional and food safe, and can safely be used in the microwave and dishwasher.
The fabrics I use for texture have a variety of origins. The knitted textures I have knit myself, after the knitting swatch is completed I make a plaster mold of it and the slab is pressed into the mold. This extra step of making the mold enables the clay to take on the positive form of the knitting. Many of the embroidered fabrics are handmade. I am always on the lookout for new textures, at yard sales, thrift stores, flea markets, and fabric stores.

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