Inspiration comes from all kind of different places. Garbage is actually not that of an uncommon answer amongst artists I interviewed so far. There is something intriguingly familiar with antiquated objects art that makes us all fall in love with it immediately. If you thought I am talking about making dishes out of cardboard you are mistaking. This time it is all carefully, and patiently planed illusion. These art pieces are actually Ceramic Cups envisioned and crafted for you to enjoy by artist Tim Kowalczyk . I can bet that the level of details of these pieces will thoroughly impress you.
I find inspiration in banal and antiquated objects . . . aka garbage. Usually objects that hold some sort of history through degradation. The cardboard, in particular, has a long linage for me and my family. My grandfather, father, brother, several cousins and a few uncles all worked for a box factory and I decided I was going to college. I worked in a warehouse moving boxes while working on my BFA making trompe l’oeil boxes. It was an object I could not get away from. I started making a visual narratives out of rip, tears, folds, labels, and tape on the outside of boxes.
I consider myself a really slow 3D printer so depending on the object, I pick the quickest technique to achive the desired object. To make cardboard I use a slabuilding to make a 3 layered slab for the handle and body while making a 5 layerd slab for the bottom or foot. 1 flat, 1 corrigatedand 1 flat all sandwiched together. Then I use various templates to make the shapes and simple slip and score all the parts together.
This is the tip of the iceberg for most internet viewing people. I make trompe l’oeil nails, paint brushes, polaroids, shooting star targets (like at the carnival), matchbooks, leaves, styrofoam, chipboard, tupperware lids, pegboard, spray paint caps and old paint pallets. As far ats the cardboar mugs . . . more labels! So many more labels!
I would like to own Carboard, ahem, Ceramic Cups!
After seeing these inventive creations my initial thought was: “I want to see them wet, just in case!” Drinking from these mugs must be one delightful experience. If you find these intriguing, and want to own one of Tim’s creations yourself, then I suggest checking his Etsy. As always, I would love you to share your thoughts in comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Tim Kowalczyk.
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