Notes: Based on the simple little test kiln designed by Karatsu Pots (original blog post here), I made this little test kiln to begin testing some reduction firing techniques. The fire bricks I had on hand are battered and bruised so there's a fair amount of heat leaking. Future upgrades should improve on this although first firings have been promising. Propane fired and running for about 4hrs the first pieces reached vitrification at thin sections, however the thicker sectioned haven't matured.
A couple of years ago I was given the opportunity to see one of my designs realised in Hi-Macs, an acrylic stone similar in nature to Corian. The result was LampA, a wall mounted light. I've struggled to find a place to photograph the finished prototype till recently when the perfect place appeared.
This project was hoping to find a way to bring elements of traditional craft to industrial craft. The design is inspired by glass caning, a method of producing patterned glass that is best known to me through the work of Scott Benefield at BTU Studio. An initial process to make the glass canes takes place before these canes are added to the glass and blown to form the vessels. There are slight distortions that take place in the pattern as this is done, softening the sharp lines in the canes. By cutting the pattern into the acrylic stone using a computer controlled machine and then thermoforming this sheet the aim was to soften the resulting form.
The pattern is made from a single line, creating an effect of concentric circles, and hints at ancient celtic patterns and makes the piece quick and easy to manufacture.
More pictures of LampA can be found over here. Many thanks to the Institute of Designers Ireland and Hi-Macs Ireland.