Gradient - Section #1 by Andrea Roman
11 Terracotta and stoneware vessels, fired to 1080°
0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60%, 70%, 80%, 90%, 100%.
All stamped with makers mark on base
Each: H. 9 x W. 9 cm approx.
A collection of 100 small vessels thrown freely with 500gr of clay each.
An increment of 2% of terracotta was added to 50 balls of 1 kilo white stoneware in order to get 50 different kilo balls, each one with, 2%,4%,6%,8%..... until 100% of terracotta. Each ball was split in 2 with the intention of getting 100 balls of 500gr that were then thrown freely to create a cylinder with no specific measurements.Half of the resulting cylinders, 1 of each different percentage, were fired to stoneware temperature, the other half were fired to earthenware temperature. The result is a gradient of earthy tones that start melting and bubbling and creating a gradient of textures as the different clays behave at different temperatures and start revealing the boundaries between high and low firing.
Each vessel is numbered and labeled with the temperature it has been fired to.
About the Maker
Andrea Roman is a ceramic designer born in Mexico City, now based in London.
She studied Product Design at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, with one year exchange program at Escola de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Andrea specialised in ceramic cast moulding winning a Honourable Mention at the 6th Biennial of Utilitarian Ceramics in Mexico City.
Since 2014, she has been a resident ceramic designer at Turning Earth Ceramic Studio in London where she learned how to throw on the wheel and felt deeply connected to this technique.
In the past two years, her work acquired a more specific direction, seeking to represent the rocks, soil, sand and mud in every piece she makes.
Her work has been showcased by the London Design Festival, Biennial of Utilitarian Ceramics in Mexico City and Abierto Mexicano de Diseño, and her latest pieces have been featured in books and magazines internationally.
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