Arched Vessel

2019 FRANZ Rising Star Project



Colby Charpentier


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Arched Vessel is formed by squeezing colored and uncolored clay material through a nozzle by hand. It is a replication of 3-D printing, except it is all done by hand. This object takes around 30 hours to produce. In that time-frame, I make thousands of decisions about where the profile is heading. Each drop is a waypoint in the design of the object. There is no inside surface vs. outside surface, there is only the object and the space it contains. It’s a really beautiful process. This form is an arched tube, it is geometrically simple, but actively avoids pottery archetypes. It is intended to exist as an object caught between vessel and architecture. The red wire acts to “draw” in the rest of the implied vessel. The pursuit of porcelain is centuries old and well-storied, tracing from East Asia across to Western Europe. As an American artist and engineer, I am referencing and questioning my relationship with blue and white ware. It’s an open question. What does it mean for me specifically to appropriate blue and white ceramics? How do we determine who can claim cultural practices and ways of making? This is the subtext of Arched Vessel. It is at once referring the past and questioning contemporary making practices.

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Steel Wire, Rubber

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The ceramic porcelain material is extruded out of nozzle by hand to form beads that stack up and create form. This is a process that I developed to ask questions about materiality and craft process. The steel wire is coated in rubber and is a way to draw in space, implying the rest of the vessel that is not currently present.

analogue version of 3D printing is playful and disdainfull of CAD reverence of contemporary practices. A truly challenging and provocative piece of critical design.

Anthony Quinn

Subject Leader Ceramics, Course Leader BA Ceramic Design,
Central Saint Martins
倫敦藝術大學 中央聖馬丁藝術與設計學院 陶瓷系主任〈譯〉


高鵬 Peng Gao

FDC Director, Secretary-general of the FDC Academic Committee

The beautiful, vivid texture matches the simple sculpture.

Kwanho Woo

Director of the Ceramic Research Center in Hongik University