Exploded Vases, 2014

In the fall of 2014, I began an Master’s of Fine Arts Program at the University of Ottawa. At the time, I was still creating the Vase Recording, but during a visiting artist critique, it was observed that having the sound scribed into the vases was interesting, but what would happen if sound could change the shape of the vase. I then started to consider what sound would be strong enough and compact enough to be used with vases. The answer was firecrackers. Again working with ceramicist Carolynn Pynn-Trudeau firecrackers where dropped into vases just as they came off the potter’s wheel. The sonic blast instantly warped and pierced the wet clay forms, creating a series of Pompeii-like artifacts.

Exploded Vase number 8

Exploded Vase 8, earthenware, 2014, 9.5 x 8.5 x 6.5”

Exploded Vase number 2

Exploded Vase 2, earthenware, 2014, 10.25 x 6 x 5.5”

Exploded Vase number 11

Exploded Vase 11, earthenware, 2014, 6.5 x 10.5 x 7.25”