Daniel Reynolds | Hot Water Bottle, Milk Carton Vase, Stacking Pic-Nic Plates, 2002-2013 | Slip cast porcelain, unglazed exterior, glazed interior
Daniel Reynolds
Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, 1961; lives and works in London, UK

My porcelain pieces reference the age-old practice of reinterpreting existing objects in different, sometimes unexpected materials. The ancient Chinese did this to great effect when re-creating, in fine porcelain, much older vessels originally made in bronze, wood, or basket ware. Features of the original materials such as bronze rivets or wood grain were often faithfully reproduced in the porcelain object, resulting in an unexpected playfulness and humor being imparted to the new pieces. In the modern vernacular, various kinds of plastic objects are produced for mass consumption, borrowing the look of traditional fine porcelain. I am particularly interested in the aspect of preserving these ephemeral, disposable contemporary objects—made from polystyrene (stacking picnic plates), rubber (hot-water bottle) and coated card (milk carton)—in a classic imperishable material such as porcelain. With Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns as direct early influences on my work, the industrial design of these pieces is brought into sharp focus by the change in perception that casting them in porcelain brings. Here the traditional techniques of handmade contemporary studio ceramics are applied to the reinterpretation of throwaway objects of industrial mass production.

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