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Wheel-thrown porcelain and eggshell, 1260 °C

H. 15 x dia. 9 cm

 

From The Demeter Archive
"A feast for Mother Nature set out on a table."

A collection of sustainable ceramics designed in a circular economy portraying a series of still-life sculptural vessels for everyday life."

 

The Demeter Archive is a set of sculptural vessels that convey its own identity with individual features and gestures. The series highlights how the quality of a symbiotic ecosystem that reflects the ideal fruitfulness of the circular economy.

 

Each shape and form offers an essence of living things or that of Mother Nature. The surface and clay bodies of each piece contain different sources of food waste such as eggshell and seashell, this result in an uniquely perfect touch to the vessel. The collection causes its audiences to ask questions about their function and allows users to discover and explore their own needs.

 

 

About Lamunlamai.Craftstudio

Lamunlamai.Craftstudio is a formerly Bangkok and move to London-based craft studio founded by artists Nopkamon Akarapongpaisan and Nol Netprom. At the time of writing both artists are studying Master of Arts in entrepreneurship and designer maker in London. Shared passion for pottery, the duo decided to establish their studio to communicate a sense of home through daily tableware objects, decorative items and installation art that gives a sense of gentleness, just like the name of their studio, which means ‘gentle’ or ‘mellow! in Thai.

 

While Nol likes to experiment in functionality, Nopkamon is interested in the connection between objects and feelings. The result is the balance between functional and emotional values in the work, with human touch at its centre.

 

"Ultimately, we aim to develop our brand to be fully sustainable studio in the near future. We put focus on three key issues important to sustainability: 3Ps which are People, Planet, Profit. Since 2020, we have presented various collections to serves as a tangible catalogue of Lamunlamai’s environmental vision for users and restaurateurs. Food waste and residues on the part of customers and the restaurant kitchens has been developed to form a new custom clay and glaze. It serves as a unique medium which can be worked in a variety of different ways."

 

 

Artists Q&A

Tell us more about your recent series, when did you begin this and how has it developed?

N&N: It started from my research and discovered in my MA Designer Maker course at UAL that the thrown away of thousands of oyster shells each day could be a great resource for my ceramic practises. I started to work with some restaurants and food stalls to bring that back to life into a tableware and sculptural vessel again. An oyster shell or eggshell can be a great resource for filler in clay bodies and create a unique effect in the glaze color... all pieces are inspired by the definition of shell which means protecting and creating a new life.

 

"This could be a starting point to be a close loop from vendors, end users, and makers to sustain our environment for a brighter future."
 

 

How important is tactility to your work?

N&N: It aims to spread political awareness by shifting paradigms of overconsumption and encouraging viewers to think about their eco-conscious habits with every dish. The message delves into the intricate relationship between how we can consume everyday objects by making conscious choices about what we consume, the materials we use, and the impact on the environment. 

 

The transformation of discarded food waste and ceramic debris into functional dinnerware symbolizes the potential of regeneration and positive change. It’s a call to action for viewers to rethink their consumption habits and consider more eco-friendly alternatives. It will not only narrate sustainable and artistic approaches to contemporary ceramics but also be a catalyst for discussions around conscious consumption, waste reduction, and the nurturing of environmental impact by making responsible choices in our daily lives. 

 

How important is the material itself to your work?
N&N: Bio-food waste is the major part of this project. These Circular ceramics are made from food waste collected from restaurant partners at Borough Market, London. This work encompasses our material research and development addressing social and environmental challenges in the ceramic industry and combines it with climate politics. Inspired by the overconsumption of fundamental needs of human beings—eating—and the curiosity about the property of food waste created by innovative craftsmanship. 
 
What’s your favourite reaction that you can create?
N&N: We love the spontaneous texture, color, and surface of materialities when comes out from the kiln after firing at high-firing temperature. As a potter who is passionate about natural color glaze, I always experiment with my own recipes from bio-waste such as eggshells and seashells in different percentages instead of using Calcium Carbonate while mixing glaze-based. And then see the results! Like all potters must say -- you only made half of your works and the rest let your kiln be a part to finish it!  

Pourer 1 & 2 | H. 15 cm | By Lamunlamai.Craftstudio

£125.00Price
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