christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

In ceramic work, glaze is a vitreous coating that protects, decorates and makes hygienic. It’s a transparent layer that preserves and embellishes without altering the designs or colorations beneath it.

Glaze is normally applied on ceramic after it has been "bisque" fired and before being re-fired. In reality, it’s also a material that can be used to give form, thanks to its viscous properties. And that’s exactly what Christina Schou Christensen (1973) put on display at Fuori Salone 2013 with project "Shaping Fluid".

A key element of her creative process is the firing phase and the interaction of various variables like the temperature of the kiln, the porosity of the ceramic, the firing tools and the melting point of the glaze.

By combining these factors, Christina ventures into new expressive and functional territory in the working of ceramic. The objects already subjected to firing are stripped of their coating that thus transforms into a sort-of gel, apparently malleable but really an element that gives them shape.

Photos via christinaschouchristensen.dk

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone
Danish Crafts: Photo © Jeppe Gudmundsen

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone
Danish Crafts: Photo © Jeppe Gudmundsen

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone

christina schou christensen, shaping fluid, ltvs, lancia trendvisions, fuori salone