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Take Five: Maria Gasparian

Colour Ceramic City, Maria Gasparian
Colour Ceramic City, Maria Gasparian
Colour Ceramic City, Maria Gasparian
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Published date
26 June 2016

With Show Two closing today, we’ve been talking to exhibiting students to find out about the inspirations and ideas behind their final projects

Soon to be MA Design: Ceramics graduate Maria Gasparian’s intricate project Colour Ceramic City sees ceramic bricks produced using an usual combination of industrial methods, such as extrusion, with traditional craft skills.

Using dynamic forms, texture and colour whilst celebrating the plasticity of clay to examine big city issues such as the strains of growing populations, alienating building developments and barren neglected spaces.

The colour is essential to my project. There is a strong evidence that colour has an immediate effect on people’s mood and wellbeing. Having come from a country with a lot of sunshine and saturated colours I applied it through brightly coloured glazes.

We spoke to Maria to find out which building facades and architects inspired her final pieces:

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  1. Merchants National Bank by Louis Sullivan in Grinnell, Iowa

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  2. Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company Building in Chicago by Louis Sullivan Chicago

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  3. Majolica building in Vienna by Otto Wagner.

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  4. Hospedale degli Innocenti in Florence by Andrea della Robbia

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  5. Park Guel in Barcelona by Antonio Gaudi

Show Two is open to the public until Sunday 26 June (last entry 5.30pm), visit the events page for more information about the show.