New Work: Origami/Ceramic Wavy Vessel

Origami/ceramic wavy vessel

Origami/ceramic wavy vessel

This piece is a continuation of my exploration of pieces that combine origami and ceramics, and the first to branch away from shapes I had already created in paper. I made the ceramic piece on the wheel, then hand-built the asymmetric wavy edge onto it. The ceramic piece also has a bit of an internal ledge for the origami piece to rest on. The top origami piece is folded from a circle of paper. I placed the knob a little ways from the center of the circle so I could use the extra paper on one side for the matching wavy edge. The folding approach is pretty similar to one I’ve used before.

Origami/ceramic wavy vessel (top view)

Origami/ceramic wavy vessel (top view)

I like how this piece let me do something by combining media that would have been much more challenging with paper alone. It would be much harder to make a flat surface for the top piece to rest on in an origami base. The wave on the ceramic piece also hides that the bottom edge of the origami piece is raised on one side. I’m working on finding more ways of combining the two media that take advantage of the differences between paper and clay.

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