Spanish potter Roger Krasznai runs Krasznai Studio from Barcelona, Spain. Void, a project he began this year, uses dissection to reveal the processes used by unknown potters to create ceramic vessels.
Above image: Roger Krasznai, Void, 2015
Krasznai describes the work:
“I BUY OLD CERAMIC VASES THAT HAVE BEEN THROWN ON THE WHEEL BY UNKNOWN POTTERS. I DON´T CARE ABOUT HOW THEY LOOK ON THE OUTSIDE, IT´S THE INSIDE THAT I´M INTERESTED IN. THE UNCONCIOUS MARKS LEFT INSIDE BY THE POTTERS´ HANDS WHEN MAKING THEM. THE RESULT IS A COLLECTION OF VASES THAT ARE NOT ONLY THE REPRESENTATION OF THE AIR TRAPPED INSIDE BUT THE REPRODUCTION OF THE INTERIOR SURFACE OF THE ORIGINAL VASE. ITS SOUL.”
Designboom goes into a little more detail about Krasznai’s process. The white vessel inside is thrown by Krasznai. Its exterior carries the marks of the original potters’ hands, even though the original finished product is destroyed by Krasznai. In this way Krasznai brings the unknown potter to the foreground, giving the audience a more intimate view of a person who, in a way, was forgotten well before Krasznai negated his or her work.
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6 thoughts on "Studio Pottery | “Void” by Roger Krasznai"
I love how Krasznai intimately respects the interconnectedness of Potters…the raw honesty of work in the nakedness of the handprints. That’s the thing about pottery…creative energy connecting humans (maybe the bowl we’re nourished and sustained from). As a potter myself I make a concerted effort to create my pieces from a positive place…in the knowledge that I am extending positive vibrations to the user through the core of the earth.
I Think they are rather wonderful, give a second perspective on the form and the original artists handling of the material. We all wonder about the internal space in any pot (that is why we remove lids) and this puts an interesting bend on it all. Of course the original skin will always be the purpose but this artist has found something new in something old.
I love the way he has captured the hiden marks left by the potter on the inside along with capturing the volume of the inside of the vase, beautiful !
The original is much more beautiful and eaningful.
Krasznai’s vessel is silly, the shards of the original vase still the carry the marks of the potters’ hands.
i agree, more attention getting than art.