Di Luca Ceramics
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My work named “The Gesture” was created with white stoneware clay. The structure supporting the sculpture consists of an iron part and a transparent glass support. The shape is inspired by the arm of The “David” of Michelangelo and obtained by modelling the clay by hand. Once the form was created, a plaster mould was made to replicate it.
The mould is made up of two complementary sections to make the assembly operation easier and avoid possible damage or breakage.
The final shape was made by using the slab technique in a plaster mould under pressure.
The firing took place through a first step called ‘biscuit’ carried out in an electric kiln. Subsequently, once the detachant liquid and a crackle crystalline had been applied, the sculpture underwent a second firing in the Raku kiln.
The work was extracted from the kiln at a temperature of 940° C. Then, through a cooling process, the crackles took shape, showing a network of black cracks that brought originality to the piece.
The supporting structure, through its simple and essential character, wants to focus the viewer’s attention on the sculpture to appreciate its entirety and uniqueness.