Interview: Kashalot Studio Concrete Objects (Ukraine)

 

MAY 8, 2019

CAN YOU SHARE WITH US HOW YOU STARTED PRODUCING OBJECTS MADE OF CONCRETE?

I had a showroom and I also did embroidery. At some point, I got tired of those things and I was not inspired by them anymore. Once, when I was browsing stuff on Instagram, I saw objects made of concrete by someone else. I liked them and decided to try to make my own.

FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION?

 

I am fuelled by works of other artists who produce concrete or ceramics. I am also inspired by nature, my husband, my cat, and my customers’ feedback.

CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS?

 

It is like baking. In order to not ruin the quality of the final piece, you need to strictly follow the guidance. Besides, I experiment a lot with shapes and gradients. Usually, I make several samples, then check the final result of the texture and the look. When I make pots, I plant succulents in them to see how it works. I sometimes freeze and unfreeze the samples to see how the material behaves.

WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU,

FUNCTIONALITY OR AESTHETICS?

 

I can’t choose between the two. However, I can’t say that I am always successful in having them both. I think, in practice, I finish up with aesthetics.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE AESTHETICS

OF YOUR WORK IN THREE WORDS?

 

Minimalism. Simplicity. Air

DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIECE

YOU'VE WORKED ON RECENTLY?

 

Yes, it is a corrugated tray. We have not launched it yet though.

WHAT CREATIVE PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE?

 

I’d love to move my workspace to a bigger studio. Then, I am eager to start a new collection of terrazzo.

Note: Terrazzo is a composite material known since ancient times. It can be compared to marble as it consists of chips of marble, quartz, granite, etc, bound with a liquid agent like porcelain, cement or polymer. Contemporary terrazzo pieces are manufactured by casting and compressing all ingredients, followed by polishing when the objects are completely dry.

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