Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Literally Metaphorical

Slip casted red earthenware, fake grass | 60 x 60 cm | 2010

This is an artwork I made for the Katallog's Catalogue exhibition at A.O.D artspace, Jakarta. It's meant as an expression of my confusion curiosity between the design and arts world. Experienced as a formally trained and practicing designer who sometimes produces works in the art context, thus resulting in the constant flirtation between the two.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Breaded Plates

Slip casted earthenware | h 1.5 cm, w 11 cm, l 12 cm | 2010

A straightforward visual interpretation of bread as a plate. Designed to introduce children about which food should be eaten with bread. Suitable to be used at a breakfast table or buffet table.

Stretcher Cups

slip casted glazed semi porcelain } large ø 9.5 , h 10 cm |small ø 9.5 , h 7 cm | 2010

Tea time, or afternoon tea is practiced in various countries by people from various background. There is a variety of tea set used, from complete tea sets for formal occasions that are commonly used by the upper class society to single large mugs for the office workers, used to save time and space.
This teacup design captures the necessity of the tea drinking habit from both worlds. It literally and also symbolically stretches a luxurious teacup into the size of a large mug, combining both worlds, hinting the combination of basic needs and small luxuries that are contained in tea breaks.

Furred Cup and Bowl

Slip casted glazed semi porcelain | cup ø 7 cm, h 9.5 cm | bowl ø 14 cm, h 8 cm | 2010

An experiment with the touch and feel of ceramic material. The design is represented in form of fur texture, meant as an opposite of the ceramic character. The soft and prone to fire texture look of fur is applied on a ceramic cup, that has an opposite character, it’s hard, water resistant, formed by fire, but yet, the two materials has a subtle connection, must be treated with care, or otherwise will break.


Pressed earthenware | h 30 cm, w 10 cm | 2009

This house number is a metaphor for a person’s face, as it is the first thing seen when looking for an address. As with other things, a house ages, and along with it, documenting events and changes that occurred in the house. This house number is designed with those aspects in mind. The material chosen is unglazed earthenware, specifically chosen for its porous quality, that accumulates mold if exposed to sun and rain. These exposed traces of mold is meant to record the age of the house by its growing size, and by marking it annually.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Shelved Cups

Slip casted glazed semi porcelain | h 7 cm, ø 11.5 cm | 2009

The main idea is functional and simple, it’s about saving time and resources, in this case, using and reusing tea bags. A perfect cup of tea is one of the small luxuries that one might enjoy during working. As like anywhere in the world, in Indonesia, tea bags are very commonly used, and by using this cup, people can save time by taking their cup of tea straight to the table, and if the tea colour is suitable to their taste, they can store the tea bag in the saucer, and reuse them later in the day. These actions, although small, can really show one’s concern for the environment .

Fontal Cups

Slip casted glazed semi porcelain | Small h 7 cm, ø 9 cm, Large h 9.5 cm, ø 9 cm | 2009

An application of letters for cup handles, designed to emphasize the personalization of the object, by using clearly visible alphabets as handles.

Poultry Jug and Cups

Slip casted earthenware | jug h 22 cm, ø 8 cm, cup h 8 cm, ø 6.5 cm | 2009

One of the main character of a tropical country is the hot and sunny weather, and enjoying a cold drink in the afternoon is one of the blessings that one might enjoy. This jug set is designed with the intentions of prolonging such acts, thus inducing interesting topics and discussions. The shape and choice of material is chosen for keeping the drinks cold, and the intentionally reduced cup size is meant to encourage interaction between users by repeatedly pouring drinks and of course the courtesy of offering drinks to friends.
This jug uses slip casted earthenware and applies a particular shape as a way  to encourage longer afternoon chats, by prolonging the act of conversing, and sharing of ideas and stories, thus enhancing the bond between people.

Carver Bottle and Cups

Slip casted glazed semi porcelain | cup h 8 cm , ø 7 cm , bottle h 30 cm, ø 8,5 cm | 2008

During my design studies, i was taught the designing basic tools of an industrial designer's, mainly by sketching, modeling , and also basic woodworking techniques. This differs from the process of making ceramic tableware, that uses a potter's knowledge and techniques, such as throwing, pinching and hand building to design, resulting the distinct character of pottery. In this design I experimented with the application of both techniques . This set of cups and bottle is formed into a cylinder by throwing, and then the neck part is shaped by carving, resulting rough textures, as opposed to the fine and smooth line result of throwing.  Later the model is made into a mould to be produced using the slip cast technique.

Cracker Jar ( Part of the Rendition Series )

Slip casted glazed semi porcelain | h 17cm, w 21 cm | 2008

A series of enamelware remake, commonly used in 1980’s Indonesia countryside for serving and eating. These enamel coating if used for a prolonged time, may break and eventually  rust, and be thrown away or left unused, along with the future experience that may happen. By remaking them in pottery, the memories can be preserved and be continually used to make new memories from future dining experiences. The use of ceramic as the chosen material is a symbol of how memories are strongly well kept but also at the same time,  fragile.

Pagar Makan Tanaman

Slip casted glazed semi porcelain | Variable dimension | 2008

This was displayed at a group exhibition I participated a few years back. It’s actually an interactive artwork. The title literally means “fence that eats the plant”, It’s a metaphor in Indonesia that illustrates when people destroy things they should keep safe. The layout resembles a group of islands that has trees, the metaphorical trees are made of food that can easily taken and eaten. This illustrates the condition of Indonesia’s forest that is reducing fast and how people are taking this problem lightly.

Red Jugs

Thrown Earthenware | ø 24 cm, h 19 cm | 2008

In a tropical country such as Indonesia, cool drinking water is one of the small luxuries one can enjoy. Refrigeration and electric water dispenser are common options to get cold water for ease and practicality. There is an alternative in cooling drinking water with no electricity needed, and it has been done for over 200 years,simply by putting the drinking water in a terra cotta jug and let nature run its course in cooling the water. 
This water dispenser borrows the principle of water cooling through a natural evaporative process, and implements it into a modern day product offering ease and practicality. The terra cotta can cool your drinking water while saving energy bills. It’s designed to accommodate commercially available 5 gallon water bottles.

Rice Serving Bowls

Thrown Stoneware | ø 26 cm, h 15 cm | 2007

Rice is the staple food in most parts of Indonesia, and it holds a special place in the people’s hearts. Almost every part in Indonesia has a rice cuisine that is particular to that area. The menu has special meanings behind them, and are often served only on special occasions.This bowl is designed to emphasize the importance of serving rice. It is made by using the throwing technique, making the bowl heavier and has a more traditional feel. A heavier bowl means that it must be lifted with two hands when moving, symbolically showing its importance, and at the same time encouraging interaction between people

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Dearly Parted Plate

Thrown stoneware | ø 30 cm | 2007

As with other nice things, people like to share food with their loved ones, may it be with friends or family. As people get closer, they tend to share more, sometimes even so far to eat together with one plate, and in some cultures, 3 or 4 people eating together with one big serving plate, is considered an honor. However, there are some factors that make people reluctant in sharing food, mainly hygiene. This design is meant to rid of those boundaries and let people share their food with other diners in the same table by exchanging pieces of their plate containing parts of their food, and enhancing the dining experience by encouraging interaction and the sharing of food.

Holder Cup ( part of the desk-bound series )

Slip casted glazed semi porcelain | h 7 cm, ø 11.5 cm | 2009

A coffee cup made for the office worker, solving problems that are typical to the work desk.
Coffee may taste different when metal spoon is kept inside a coffee filled mug, and people also encounter problems in placing the stirring spoon elsewhere. This cup simply gives the spoon a place to rest on its body, solving the problem without adding accessories that clutter the work desk.

Vertical Tea Set

Slip casted glazed semi porcelain | pot h 23.5 cm, ø 9.5 cm, cup h 7 cm, ø 7.5 cm | 2007

A tea set designed for the smaller table. The pot is stretched vertically to minimize its footprint on the table without reducing the portion of tea.