Ingenious ceramics processes imitating systems of nature, mimicking method of 3D printed coils
Zhu Ohmu is a contemporary artist based in Melbourne, working primarily with ceramics. Her work investigates the resurgence of the handmade and the ethics of slowness in an age of mass production whilst exploring the conversation between nature, traditional crafts and new technologies
Ohmu’s most recent works focus on coiled ceramic vessels with the initial concept for this body of work being a response to the rise in popularity of 3D printed ceramics. Responding to biomimicry - the human-made processes imitating systems of nature - Ohmu sought to copy the method of 3D printed coils mounted on top of each other through handcrafting this technique
The result is charming – and though technology inspired – a clear celebration of the artist’s hand. “Vessels are built through stacking, folding, pressing, pulling and these actions are often dictated by the weight of moist clay,” Rose explains, adding that forms emerge intuitively.
Through experimentation, the artist developed a new language that no machine is capable of replacing . "I experiment with a transitional space, where clay vacillates between form and amorphous." Never having any formal training as a potter, she approached work with a philosophy that could be applied to life itself: "Don't care, things fall apart."