The idea for the collaboration with 1882 Ltd. was to reveal an otherwise unseen aspect of the process behind creating a bone china piece. While ‘Positive’ reflects the simple geometry of cylindrical vase, ‘Negative’ brings to life the mould that is used in the creation of the first piece. Normally unseen, the box-like volume is impressed with exactly one half of its companion ‘Positive’ piece. Rendered in bone china instead of the plaster or plywood typically associated with a mould, ‘Negative’ is also given a new function as an open vessel.
The other concept visible in Positive and Negative is a play on the fragility and solidity of the bone china material. The edge of the cylindrical form of Positive appears as a thin surface, while inscribed into it’s volume is an unexpected interruption. A small volume is excavated from the side of the vessel, leaving an irregular textured surface that plays on the idea of a “broken” vase while contrasting with the smooth cylindrical surface of the piece.