The practice of making vessels and containers fascinates me as it enables me to work both with metal and space as materials, redefining borders between inside and outside. Through my work I explore the morphological qualities of vessels and the process of embedding functional objects with spirit. I create contemplative work, communicating through its tactile essence.
Slanted Whispering Bowl, patinated Britannia silver. Image: Odi Caspi
The imagery is showing a few related bodies of work, for example: some vessels are designed to invite interaction and play – they contain substances like sand or tiny pearls, which can be seen, felt and heard, but not emptied or spilt. The content is shifted as the object is held, making gentle sound and creating illusive patterns. The patina finish in some of the works explores an experimental technique of chemical colouring – a compound is applied on the silver and unique mixture of colours is achieved.
Red Sand Bowls, Britannia silver and red sand. Image: Sussie Ahlburg
Oil Drizzlers are double-layered pourers with top funneling to the interior and a tiny spout for drizzling. These vessels suggest a different experience of pouring – guiding the liquid through the tiny spout they only tease the onlooker that they will spill from top.
Whistling Pourers, sterling silver with oxidized exterior. Image: Simon Armitt
And my most recent Step Series explores evolution of form – after the initial shaping the vessels or bowls are cut with one incision and twisted before they are re soldered. Tinkering with the familiar shape suggests an illusion of motion and changes the balance of the piece.