Israeli designer Rachel Boxnboim has cast a ceramic tea service inside fabric moulds. Called Alice, the pieces retain the texture and seams of the fabric from which they were formed.
Boxnboim pours the liquid clay into stitched moulds and gradually syringes it out again, leaving a thick layer clinging to the inside of the fabric.
The cloth burns away when fired, leaving the delicate ceramic vessels behind.
Boxnboim developed the process while studying at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.
Photographs are by Oded Antman.
Here are some more details from the designer:
My work started with my decision to saw a kettle. I took the measurements from my mothers old tea kettle and when i was finished – i had a mould.
In this project I made a connection between a soft material (fabric) and a hard material (ceramic), perpetuating and preserving the properties of the fabric. The ceramic takes on the texture of the fabric and the appearance of the seams, and looks like a kind of hardened textile.
The utensils are useful and contain an element of surprise.
The work included trying out different patterns and different fabrics, the form of the utensil being determined by the pattern, or considerably influenced by the fabric, and changing from utensil to utensil.