Wild Moonjar no. 4 - Riverbed clay, Kent 2020 | By Nina Solsotto
Thrown at the wheel, fired to 1250°, unglazed
See material details below.
H. 17.5 x w. 14.5 cm
Material: Riverbed clay belonging to the Woolwich and Reading Formation, formed in prehistoric marine environment 54-56 million years ago.
This clay was only lightly processed, mainly by removing the abundant black flints and by leaving it un-sieved to retain its natural grog and irregularities, which are still clearly visible on the fired surface and texture.
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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