MANIFESTO

 for ANONYMOUS COLLECTION

theory

in creating the first collection of mO/santimetre porcelain studio, we wanted to produce a series of porcelain objects that tell their own stories. we took a detour through the past and chose reminiscent forms as our sources of inspiration.this table and kitchenware collection is linked strongly to our personal histories, of the different communities we lived in and continue to live in, and of the cultures deeply rooted in these geographies and social landscapes.

in this archaeological effort, while we did appropriate some traditional forms such as the coffee pot, we do not wish to see our collection as a neo-traditionalist effort that lends itself too easily to orientalist commonplaces. rather we our effort to be post-industrial in that sense that it re-creates what has previously been designed to be reproduced within the processes of mass-production (such as, bowls, glasses, and toys) and then forgotten, omitted, distorted or just blurred. it is an attempt to make such images and forms reappear in the now, turn them into useful, functioning objects that invoke these memories of a recent past that disappeared almost too quickly.

the experience of creating this collection has confirmed for us that these re-appropriated and singularized objects, produced with an awareness of the value of familiar forms, can act as healing tools for ourselves and for the people who use and share it.

practice

our initial decision was to produce our designs ourselves—without outsourcing or resorting to any other intermediaries. this decision has partly influenced our choice of medium, in this case, mainly porcelain. consequently, learning our medium became an integral part of the design process.

the objects we create are the outcome of our encounters with the demands of mold making, casting, glazing and firing processes within the context of a semi-amateur / semi-professional studio workshop. while still learning how to use porcelain as our material, we are simultaneously mimicking mass production processes and artisanal approaches in a hybrid sensibility. our main challenge is to produce multiples while being able to keep adding the ever changing custom-made and individual touch.

the current collection in production consists of cast porcelain versions of nearby accessible, mundane and utilitarian forms and objects with histories of their own. our casting models range from plastic funnels to century old cast glass vessels, from copper beat containers to seashore pebbles. this personal selection of objects become a family through undergoing the porcelanization process, through which they get multiplied. these multiples then again go through the process of hand glazing and glaze firing. thus they become singular pieces once again, due to this always temporally and subjectively unique process.