Talk: Shadows of Light, research and design
Glassy, white translucency is one of the characteristics of porcelain. It is caused by pure kaolin. This pure white clay is mined in the mountains around Jingdezhen (famous for its fine porcelain for over 2000 years). The kaolin that is mined here, however, has become less pure and greyer in recent decades. The industry is leaving its mark. This trend is the inspiration for my project, Shadows of Light with which I researched alternatives ways of creating transparency in porcelain. The aim of my research is to develop sustainable and innovative materials and create an alternative to pure (white) kaolin and use this as a starting point for new designs.