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Nicole Waefler


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“Neo-Rococo” is a project that seeks to push the boundaries of functionality. The collection explores the relationship between historical artefacts and contemporary processes, using technology to distort Rococo details. The Rococo style was chosen for its rich and highly ornamental motifs that provided opportunities to create and explore new shapes and forms, whilst pushing the boundaries of functionality around an ornamental handle detail.

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Neo-Rococo is a project that sought to find the intersection between craft and digital technology. Using 3D digital modelling, Rococo handles were scaled up dramatically and 3D printed to create moulds. This was to disrupt the traditional associations around the Rococo aesthetic and to invite a new language to emerge, one that was grounded in historical context but with contemporary ideas around functionality and tableware. The project challenges the way we handle and interact with everyday objects and invites users to discover new ways of handling objects. The project focused on how to turn ornamental details into functional objects and vice versa. This is demonstrated in the giant Rococo handle that was turned into a vessel, and the giant Rococo handles that were stacked on top of each other to create a unique Rococo candle holder. Handles were also used to create a pedestal for a simple bowl and shows a contrast between ornate details and utilitarian forms. Finally, surface pattern was kept to a minimum with a few Rococo drawings turned into blue transfers which contrasted nicely with the gold lustre handles to create a new contemporary interpretation of the Rococo style.

This is work is beautifully resolved, it pulls the viewer in to the details where they can discover familiar shapes and motifs in entirely new ways. I love the ornate design and aesthetic of this work, it's balanced with elegance of form and material.

Rhiannon Ewing-James

Creative Producer of British Ceramics Biennial

Interesting use of 3D printing and conventional plaster mould making to explore functionality and display.

Christopher McHugh

Course Director of Ulster University BA Hons Ceramics, Jewellery & Silversmithing
北愛爾蘭阿爾斯特大學陶瓷、珠寶與銀器學系系主任 〈譯〉

A beautifully realised concept, playful, elegant and provocative.

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〉