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Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

Israeli designer Rachel Boxnboim has cast a ceramic tea service inside fabric moulds.

Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

Called Alice, the pieces retain the texture and seams of the fabric from which they were formed.

Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

Boxnboim pours the liquid clay into stitched moulds and gradually syringes it out again, leaving a thick layer clinging to the inside of the fabric.

Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

The cloth burns away when fired, leaving the delicate ceramic vessels behind.

Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

Boxnboim developed the process while studying at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem.

Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

Photographs are by Oded Antman.

Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

Here are some more details from the designer:


My work started with my decision to saw a kettle. I took the measurements from my mothers old tea kettle and when i was finished - i had a mould.

Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

In this project I made a connection between a soft material (fabric) and a hard material (ceramic), perpetuating and preserving the properties of the fabric. The ceramic takes on the texture of the fabric and the appearance of the seams, and looks like a kind of hardened textile.

Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

The utensils are useful and contain an element of surprise.

Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

The work included trying out different patterns and different fabrics, the form of the utensil being determined by the pattern, or considerably influenced by the fabric, and changing from utensil to utensil.

Alice by Rachel Boxnboim

Materials and technique: porcelain; sewing and casting.