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Plaster Mold Attempt

January 10, 2018

After being unable to get into the ceramics studio for any technical help I asked if I could do anything in the mean time so that when I was able to book with a technician it wouldnโ€™t take as long. I booked a session with Gay to make a plaster mold of my form.

I decided I wanted to create something from a set of traditional Korean soju cups I bought while I was in South Korea. Their significance in relation to my research centres mainly around how delicate they are, but how theyโ€™re used over and over again. While Korea was under Japanese rule there was a strong emphasis on eradicating traditional Korean culture among citizens. Using a Korean ceramic form speaks of identity and tradition.

 

Unfortunately, I wasnโ€™t able to successfully create a plaster mold using the method Gay showed me. A vacuum formed inside the mold and I wasnโ€™t able to remove the ceramic piece from the mold without breaking it, so I had to cut the plaster away.

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