Wild Moonjar 6 - Yellow river clay & white stoneware, Kent 20 | By Nina Solsotto
Thrown at the wheel, fired to 1250°, unglazed
See material details below.
H. 16.5 x w. 14.5 cm
Material: Iron rich clay foraged from a river in Herne Bay. It belongs to a deposit from the Thanet formation. This clay is grey or yellow when weathered and can contain fossils.
In this instance, the wild clay was left unprocessed and therefore retained a sandy texture. As the wild clay in this state was unmanageable to work at the wheel, the pot was thrown in commercial white stoneware and subsequently inlaid with nuggets of wild clay.
About the Collection
The wild moonjar collection researches and searches a material essence. It comprises seven vessels, each made from earths foraged in South East England and is part of a larger documentation of the geology of the area.
The form, inspired by the traditional Korean moonjar, is purposefully simple and sober to allow the properties of the material to speak. All thrown at the wheel, the moonjars alter dependent on the clay body, its plasticity, grog and strength, with the goal of maintaining imperfections and abstracting the vessel as little as possible from its original earth.
The vessels are unglazed to both highlight clay as the primal quality of pottery and to maintain a sustainable approach. The clays are collected in small quantities, by hand, without producing any waste and fired just once, lessening energy consumption.
About the Maker
Nina Salsotto Cassina started the Unurgent Argilla project in 2019. She works exclusively at the wheel and mainly experiments with wild clays foraged by hand in small quantities. Self-taught, Nina is also currently a politics doctoral student at SOAS and applies her training in research and academia to ceramics.
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