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The Delicate Subtleties of Porcelain

Student: Ekaterina Akhtyrskaya

Supervisor: Uliana Aristova

Faculty: Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design

Educational Programme: Design (Master)

Final Grade: 10

Year of Graduation: 2020

My project is a study on the topic of modern ceramics with special attention to one of the types of clay - porcelain. In a visual study I was interested in tracing what artists working with clay and ceramics in general do. I concluded that they experiment with various properties of clay: for some, clay is only material and it is important for them to speak out on a political or social topic, others are focused on plasticity and textures, for some - shape is more important. It is clear that each professional chooses a certain main topic, with which he has been experimenting for quite a long time. In the thesis I wanted to concentrate on porcelain. Porcelain, being one of the varieties of ceramics, is quite different from its other types. It has a high degree of whiteness, and often, translucency, as well as high pitch and clear sound. It is fired to a higher temperature (from 1280 °C and above) and after firing there is practically no pore left in it, it becomes dense and durable. Porcelain is a demanding material, it is difficult to work with it, and it has a memory — even a slight change in the shape of the product in its raw form will certainly appear after firing, and any crack will open wider. In the book several experts including myself share their experience with this type of clay. You can learn a brief history, philosophy of porcelain. The main task of the book at in each section is to highlight some practical points that will help bring the object to firing, successfully carry it out and achieve the result as close as possible to the one that the author hoped for. In addition, there is an extensive album part in which you can discover the main areas of activity of modern ceramists and read practical comments of a professional teacher on working with this exceptional clay.

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