A range of intriguing and colourful earthenware reveals the discovery of a new process using dyes traditionally used in the textile industry. Procion MX, a highly soluble dye, used normally for tie-dye or batik is inserted into the unvitrified, low-fired earthenware through a sandblasted gap in the glaze, dyeing the ceramics vibrant colours unobtainable using traditional methods
The shape and size of the gap serves as the ‘blueprint’ for the final result, allowing a measure of control in a largely unpredictable process. Over time however - the pattern changes - the saturated colour gradually becomes muted as the water carrying particles of dye slowly evaporate through the point from which it entered, leaving the residue of dye where it once existed.
Designer: Emma Buckley