RCA graduate Klemens Schillinger is a dab hand with concrete and ceramics. His affinity for these solid grey materials has led to a practice of largely monochromatic pieces, but all have wonderful concepts based on chance and happenstance. His experimental research project Migrated Vases took its creative cues from strangers in rural China, who were stopped in the street and asked to draw their interpretation of an archetypal Chinese vase. Once back in the studio Klemens turned these images into actual thrown pots in an attempt to highlight the diversity of creativity “in an environment where creative practise is undervalued.”
Leftovers is a similarly chaotic project that thrusts three wooden off-cuts into builders buckets of remnant cement. The result, after a few hours, is a three-legged stool of wonderful simplicity, each with entirely unique dimensions depending on the materials available. We’ve just bought a brand new set of stools for our studio lunch table, but seeing Klemens make something out of nothing has made us wish we’d just done it ourselves. Wonderful work from a truly experimental mind.