At the Studio Vases by Rimma Tchilingarian

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“‘At the Studio’ is a collection of two-part vases made of porcelain, which can be combined in every way you want. During my research it became more and more clear to me why we while thinking of porcelain still have in mind this picture of gold-rimmed sweeping kitsch on the one hand and cheap goods on the other. Since the beginning of the production of porcelain great efforts have been made by kings and emperors to own and finally to produce this precious material. For hundreds of years it was the goal to perfect the formula and to display the exclusiveness through ostentatious decoration. Today, after all the riddles behind this once valuable material are resolved, the industry produces less elaborate and more homogeneous standardized porcelain, and creates products which are purely made to serve its predetermined function.

From the very beginning of this project the reason for my fascination laid upon the fact, to work with the material from the very basics free of conventions or rules, creating raw and unglazed surfaces or coloring the snow-white porcelain with pigments. Proceeding like this enables me to identify new approaches in design. Often I use materials which normally are used in other fields. Such as for example the ‘Surface Vase’, where I transferred the tender and irregular folds of paper on the surface of the porcelain. This break with the usually smooth and perfect material is very appealing to me, thinking about the fact, that the tiniest error would result in sorting out during the industrial production process. For me it is of importance to generate an awareness and appreciation for the products that I use or design. An awareness for the materials and also for the work, that lie behind each artisanal made piece.

While working on a project and its development I often discover new interesting fields, which give you an impulse to work and experiment with new products and ideas. For my vase collection I worked with different pigments. At the beginning there were three basic colours: yellow, red and blue. By mixing these colours, I could broaden the range of colours thus I was able to accomplish a catalogue of colour varieties and its different shades. My next project is to extend this range of colours for example by mixing the currently existing colours with each other. The mixture differs from the ratio of slip cast and pigments. For a bright result I mix them in a different ratio than for all those pastel shades. In this way I produce porcelain in many different colours without using any glaze. I find it very interesting and exciting to feel the pure material which is also the reason why I am in favour of unglazed surfaces.” tchilingarian.de

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