Fragment(s) ― The Poetics of Decay
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The Author Page ANGELA GROSSI
Photos by ANGELA GROSSI
Julie & Jesse is an established art/design power duo based in Hong Kong. Latitude 22N , their collaborative studio , is where they experiment ceramic investigating through all its possible – yet impossible – dimensions.
Fragment(s) is an exploration to capture the limits and the relationships between molding techniques, kaolin, firing and colors. This limited edition of porcelain vases captures the break and decay of a mold to reveal the beauty in deterioration and create a memory of what would otherwise be discarded.
Located in the Jiangxi province and known as the porcelain city of China, Jingdezhen has a history of over 2000 years in porcelain making.
Julie and Jesse have been working there for over eight years during which they have established a production studio and developed several porcelain collections for their own brand, for private clients and for special commissions. During the years spent in Jingdezhen Julie and Jesse have made a unique research based on the ceramic history and practices of the city in discussing and working hand in hand with local craftsmen and mass production factories. They have accumulated knowledge of a large range of specifics and studied the standard typologies and forms produced historically and presently in the city as well as the unique qualities of the local kaolin and its firing processes. Julie and Jesse’s investigation of Jingdezhen also lead them around the city where the landscape is undeniably shaped by the ceramic industry with mountains of remains composed mainly of broken molds and porcelain pieces.
Written by Angela Grossi
Photo © Julie & Jesse