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Material reseach and ceramic sculptures

This project started with a material research. The goal was to find a domestic high-fire clay body that could be woodfired. Domestic high-fire clay bodies are not commercially available in Finland and I was determined to find a recipe for one by using "wild" clay materials. The work consists of a series of test pieces fired along the reseach and ceramic sculptures made with the researched materials.

The inspiration for the sculptures is drawn from the wild nature of the materials. Wild is commonly perceived as something free, unbounded, and unpredictable. However, for me, wild is something natural that carefully fills its' ecological niche and works by instinct in perfect harmony with nature. I wanted to depict wild animals in their usual and simple everyday actions: eating and bathing. Functions that we as humans have shaped so complicated for ourselves.

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