Manipulating the Void

On reflection, the voids – though aesthetically pleasing – were too small to make either sculptural or functional objects. Having decided to limit myself to using the voids cast from the site, I was forced to ask the question how can I increase the size and scale of these objects?

Something I find exciting about plaster and slip casting is that this industrial process is rooted in the process of making multiple copies. Once I had a series of voids I began by cutting them into slices of various thicknesses. These slices could be stacked or alternated with other void slices to increase height or width. A negative cast of these slices meant I could slip cast the new void to create a new object.

The individual slices were exciting, but together they were not so successful. I then considered taking a trace of a range of slices and extruding them digitally to make new forms. The image below depicts how the slice would appear if extruded directly upwards or rotated around the centre at regular intervals.


Considering how to extend the width of the voids I began by creating a mould of each void. Each mould, like the slices, was cut up into equal sections and recombined using parts from other moulds. Where the original voids differed in size, the facets of the plaster mould are cast also, combing the organic void and industrial making processes. This is very much like the site itself, having both natural and man made elements. By cutting the moulds I could make them fit together in a multitude of ways, enabling the possibility of gaining height as well as width.


This process of manipulating and combing multiples is not only an enjoyable one but permits the potential of creating both identical or unique forms. By inserting other sections I can increase the width of the bowl form or stack to gain height. Excitingly, I now have the potential to create a range of different sized tableware from only three original site casts.


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