Joanna Hejmej is a recent graduate specialising in Ceramics. The focus of her practice is bone china lighting created with the use of slip casting and elements of additive manufacturing. It combines traditional and modern ways of making, skills and knowledge and takes advantages of their joined potential.
The motivation behind the “Tess” light collection was challenging the traditional technique of mould making process. Most of the designing process of the light was completed using 3D software but instead of obtaining a master, created and 3D printed a piece from which plaster moulds were produced. Following this stage, each of the pieces was individually slip cast in the traditional fashion and hand finished. The hand-blown glass dome encapsulates the ceramic shape like a shell and enhances its qualities.
Personal fascination of patterns found in nature and the geometry of the Fibonacci sequence is distinctly visible in Joanna’s work. The form explores the repetition of tessellated tiles and paper forms, shapes uncovered in micrographs of organic material and within the structure of cathedral vaults. She derives from the traditional and modern making skills and challenges the way objects are produced. Joanna uses bone china due to its semi-translucent qualities and combines it with glass, which balances out the exploitation of additive manufacturing and hand skills and enhances the features of the light pendant.