August 4, 2013 3:35 PM   Subscribe

PORCELAINia. A short documentary about artist and scientist Bobby Jaber. [Via]
posted by homunculus (5 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I want to go be his apprentice.

This is why I love this place. I never would have found this and it made my day, thank you!
posted by eggkeeper at 4:26 PM on August 4, 2013

These are exquisite and his process is incredibly elaborate and detailed. Besides being a wonderful artist, he seems like a really nice human being. Great post, homunculus, thanks.
posted by madamjujujive at 4:48 PM on August 4, 2013

Fun porcelain fact! "The word "porcelain" comes from the material's Italian name, porcellana, which literally translates as a "cowrie shell" and refers to porcelain's similarly smooth surface. But the Italian cowrie shell in turn takes its name from porcella, a young sow, because the shell’s shape is reminiscent of a small, female pig's vulva."
posted by oulipian at 5:42 PM on August 4, 2013 [3 favorites]

Thanks for the video! And thanks for the porcellana explanation, which makes a lot more sense than the "glistens like porkfat" idea I heard as a kid.
posted by sneebler at 6:51 PM on August 4, 2013

Truncated icosahedron.

Those are beautiful, beautiful things. They push my perforated sphere/ geodesic dome buttons just so.

He's right, too - ceramics are very much about chemistry, and even the most expert artists will tell you there is always an element of chance to the process. The best embrace that chance, learn from it, and their experiments inform their technique. I'm really impressed with his precision.

(I am trying to remember which one of you said that working with porcelain was like working with moody cream cheese, because that is so spot-on.)
posted by louche mustachio at 11:13 PM on August 4, 2013 [1 favorite]

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