The objective of this project is to produce a body of work towards a series of cups/mugs/beakers, using a range of materials and techniques that we will learn along the next few weeks in revolutionizing ways showing skill and creative innovation. And the exciting part, we have the opportunity to perhaps have some of our work exhibited at the Craft in the Bay, so its an exhilarating objective to work towards.
Traditionally, mugs/cups are functional containers used for drinking and in some occasions and cultures, ceremonies. For example, Turkey and China where they take their tea drinking very seriously but at the same time using different approaches.
The same way I’m interested on the functionality of cups, I’m also interested on how they can be un-functional by the use of adornments and even the lack of adornments. Such as, surreal piece by German artist, Méret Oppenheim, called ‘Object’. It consists of a teacup, saucer and spoon covered with fur. Two functional materials put together to turn it into an un-functional object. But wait, is it really un-functional? If I poured a cup of Earl Grey tea (no milk, 2 sugars, thank you), the tea would still be contained in the vessel, perhaps it would taste funny or maybe it would be uncomfortable, yes, but nevertheless functional. So I’m thinking I could experiment with the notions of functionality and what is perceived as functional.
Previously, I had a play around with this idea and used ‘found’ objects to create new products that defy the notions of functionality. I believe that I can extend this investigation even more by using a range of material and processes that I will be exposed to.