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The Rules of Production

Granby Workshop : The Rules of Production is a new exhibition at the Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo that will invite visitors into the developing work and ethos of Granby Workshop.

For the duration of the exhibition, the gallery will be transformed into a working ceramics studio, bringing Granby Workshop to Tokyo and using this space to develop and produce a new range of experimental ceramic tableware.

For the first 3 weeks of the exhibition, a team from the Workshop will produce work in the gallery, creating an open production environment where visitors can engage with, and learn about, the process of working with clay. The exhibition that continues until March will display a range of tests, pieces from different stages of the process, and videos of production.

Pieces will be made through slip casting, where liquid clay is poured into plaster moulds. It is a process which is almost identical at both ends of the production spectrum – whether items are being produced en mass in a factory or at a small scale by an individual craftsman. Whilst it is a process usually associated with fixed moulds and precise reproductions, the process will be adapted to use interchangeable mould parts allowing for almost infinite combinations – creating a variety of shapes, sizes and proportions. These will range from small vessels with lids, to cups, to pots and storage containers. The range of different proportions and sizes will suggest different uses to different people.

The objects will be made from a mixture of local Mashiko clay and recycled aggregate made from old glass and ceramic wares crushed and ground up in the gallery. At the end of the 3 week production period, they will be fired in a traditional Japanese climbing kiln in Mashiko and returned to the gallery.

Following the end of the project, the skills and designs developed throughout production will be continued back at Granby, forming the basis of a new product range produced by the Workshop.

For more information, and to follow progress of the work, check our instagram @granbyworkshop.


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