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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