I make porcelain – what is your superpower?
Porcelain is a tricky material. Working involves getting dirty.
Do it with passion or not at all.
I owe my passion for porcelain to the best teacher, Hermann Seiser. He taught me everything about making moulds and porcelain. Evenly important he read my character within seconds, giving me helpful advice for work and life.
How do you imagine my workplace? It is dirty and loud.
I enjoy listening to music while working. Mostly Nu Metal like Limp Bizkit. The Prodigy and The Sisters of Mercy also help my workflow.
For my porcelain jewelry and tableware I use liquid porcelain. The process starts with mixing porcelain powder with water to get the perfect viscosity.
I pour the liquid porcelain into plaster moulds. All my moulds are handmade. They are reuseable for up to 70 times. That is the reason why series are limited in numbers.
The plaster sucks water from the porcelain. When the layer of a cup for example is thick enough, I pour out the porcelain residue.
Removing the work from the mould is tricky. Porcelain has a memory for deformation. You can´t correct mistakes. The next step is cleaning the items. Sadly, another chance of breakage.
The first burning step in the kiln takes up to 48 hours using 1035 degrees celsius. The material shrinks and is then ready for glazing.
There are hardly any ready to use glazes for porcelain. I mix them from different metal oxydes. What the colour looks like, reveals the second burning. You have to be ready for surprises.
After glazing the items they need another 48hours in the kiln as a second burning step. This time using temperatures from 1220 to 1230 degrees celsius.
Using a kiln and finding the right firing curve involves technical knowledge, documentation and experience. So this may be an intereresting insight of an artists work.