Traces, from recent Brighton University graduate Kitty Hall, showcases a collection of ice cream-coloured ceramic vessels, cast with cardboard indentations.
Conscious of our social conditions to disregard and distance ourselves from waste, Traces makes use of imprinted cardboard that has previously been used to package tins, cans and bottles to cast ceramic vessels. Hall considers that these objects have had whole lives, that they have been made somewhere by somebody, then they will be sold, used and thrown away.
The collection attempts to challenge the perceptions of the throwaway and to suggest alternative ways to transform rubbish into something beautiful; provoking us to change our attitude towards waste and reconnect with what we dispose of and begin to accept it.
Hall says: "I am often inspired by the overlooked, I think rubbish can be really beautiful, the trails people leave behind and the stories they can tell. I will see an object or material in the street and feel a real tactile need to solidify it, to make it more permanent, which casting allows me to do - I want to add value to these materials by translating them into ceramic."
The pieces in this collection are semi-porcelain slip casts fired to stoneware. Slip casting is a ceramic forming technique for the production of pottery and other ceramics, especially for more complicated shapes not easily made on a wheel. Liquefied clay is poured into a plaster mold and left to form a layer, the cast, on the inside walls of the mold.
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|Traces - Kitty Hall (8 Jan 2020 - 11 Apr 2020)|