This piece of work was inspired by a large terracotta jar, made in Spain as the Moors were leaving (15th century) it is displayed on the ceramic floor at V&A, London. When I first saw this collection of work I have always been captivated by it and have always wanted to make work as a reaction to this pot. The Jar is about 50cm tall and has remained intact since it was made, 600 ago. I am amazed at the intricate detail, which depicts the Muslim influence on the Spanish culture. The jar was thrown on the potter’s wheel in Terracotta clay, found in abundance in the area around Granada. It has been carved with geometric shapes and coloured using copper, the high level of craftsmanship is extraordinary. Using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) I began to construct a range of work based on this jar.
Researching ideas for surface pattern, I initially began with Muslim architecture. I eventually chose to relate my designs to British historical architecture. Primary research was based on local churches which led into the secondary research of architect Alexander Ellis, who designed the majority of 19th century churches across Aberdeen, his work stretches up the north west coast as far as Shetland.
The surface of the jar was built quite easily using Rhino software after a lot of trial and error. The pattern was constructed using Curves and geometry which has then been extruded. The final pattern is Arrayed both vertically and horizontally, then angled into shape. At this point the use of CAD within traditional making greatly aids the process. In traditional mould making, you would make the required piece mould around your master/model, this process allows me to look at the form on the computer, identify undercuts. I can then Trim the piece into various sections and only print those needed. This pattern was Arrayed 18 times horizontally and 6 times vertically, although I only needed to print 6 sections (like tiles) due to it’s symmetry, and copy those moulds 18 times. Below is a description of the process.