I had the wonderful experience of working as part of the Shaping the Future Ceramics and its Dimensions workshop in the porcelain production factory KAHLA earlier this year. Here's a quote from my experience that I've shared with Ceramics and its Dimensions about my experience:
" Working as part of the Shaping the Future workshop, held in the KAHLA production Factory, my eyes were opened to the experience of how modern porcelain production works. I was interestingly struck by the relationship between the factory workers and porcelain, one that is very different to that of a ceramicist, designer or artist. The normality of porcelain pouring from hoses, the act of glazing or decorating a bowl with perfection, the hoards of impeccably white and glossy wares and the mountain of broken shards and porcelain waste influenced and greatly inspired the conceptualisation of my new body of work and the experimental making process I utilised as part of the Shaping the Future workshop.
In a factory environment, of which I was unfamiliar, and working alongside a variety of makers, thinkers and inventors, the approach I made was to watch, listen and experiment. My project began with a fascination in material culture and hoping to explore a combination of materials in order to reflect a tactile relationship with material. My experiments began with decorating porcelain with concrete, then casting concrete plates with which I could include porcelain shards and distorting stamp and decal decoration. With the intent of capturing or exploring a tactile dinning experience, I was inspired by conversations and the experience lead by the Dilettantin Produktionsbüro duo. I then became aware of the space the cast concrete plate occupies and how they represent the space of a plate in which we eat and additionally how material plays such an important role in the experience of dinning.
During my time at KAHLA alongside experimenting I gained a wonderful insight into the creative practice of other members of the workshop. Curious about the challenges and appropriation of 3D printing in ceramics and innovative design, the lectures and participants shared knowledge and experience that speared fantastic and inclusive conversations concerning what the future of ceramics could look like."