ELEGANTLY UNFINISHED | 2016
A series of seemingly unfinished turnings, "Elegantly Unfinished," is a series of vessels whose forms are derived from commonly used proportional systems. Though unfinished in form, they function in a perfectly normal fashion. The concept is born from a fascination with unfinished objects, and the glimpse they give into the creators' process: from the subway tunnels underneath Cincinnati, to Da Vinci's "St. Jerome in the Wilderness" seen in the Vatican.
The collection is comprised of an acrylic cup, an American white ash bowl, and a porcelain vase. All the pieces are created using different techniques for final creation, though all of their forms are derived from original handmade turnings.
.-CNC turned cast acrylic rod
Made on a CNC lathe in partnership with the Cincinnati machine shop, Die Craft Machining and Engineering, the 1:2 Cup is turned from 3" cast acrylic rod, and has no post processing. As a result, the machined portions of the cup have a tactile, machined texture that seems perfectly imperfect in contrast to the polished portion
Golden Section Bowl
-Hand sawn and turned American white ash.
The Golden Section Bowl is a hand turned bowl based on the Golden Ratio and is made from white ash. The square base of the bowl is hand sawn, leaving a texture which comes into both visual and textural contrast to the smooth, turned surface left by the hand turning process.
Rule of Thirds vase
-Slipcast and hand painted/carved porcelain
The "Rule of Thirds" vase is slipcast from Jingdezhen porcelain. The original form was hand turned from plaster, and taken to Jingdezhen, China. Jingdezhen, a city almost entirely devoted to ceramics, is widely considered the birthplace of porcelain, where working with the material has occurred for close to 2,000 years. While in China, Dixon was able to collaborate with 4 different artists (two Chinese, and two American), who were asked to react to the form and apply their marks accordingly.