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Carved High Pedestal Black

Dimitri Bähler


35 x 30 x 10 cm

In October 2015, Dimitri Bähler has been invited for a residency at “Workspace at CERCCO”, the Experimentation and Research Center for Contemporary Ceramics of the Geneva University of Art and Design.
That period allowed him to pursue the research he started with “Patterns & Colors” initiated at EKWC, the European Center for Ceramic in 2013 in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.
There, he firstly developed a new technique for decorating a volume. Thanks to the elasticity of a latex textured foil (coming from a milled plastic sheet), a pattern transfer occurs from a surface to a volume. Shortly he could apply a bi-dimensional pattern onto a volume with a high degree of precision. 
At the CERCCO, he went into that technique as far as possible, playing with and challenging the volumes, the textures, optimizing the production process and experimenting with various glazes and colors. After many tests, slowly, his research started to divide in three different but complementary directions:

  • digital, like his first pieces from EKWC
  • manual, with wood carving tools
  • natural, the glaze itself produces textures. 

These pieces are a range of different volumes with soft and round shapes so that they have the function to be a support for receiving a pattern, a texture through the three different processes. At the same time, these shapes, apart from the vase, are castable thanks to a one piece mold. The result is the limit and the essence of what is achievable through these techniques.
The result is a collection of objects that plays with different variations of volumes, patterns, textures and colors, a kind of dictionary. Always close to an essential abstraction, these shapes can be used as pedestals, fruits bowls, vase, pencils / fruits holders,...

Dimitri Bähler is the winner of the Grand Prize Interieur Awards.

About Dimitri Bähler