In Hennie’s words:
‘This project was inspired by seeing American artist Steve Tobin explode clay at the 5th World Ceramic Biennale in Korea in 2009. He actually uses dynamite!
We inserted crackers into solid blocks of clay. The explosion creates a beautiful, almost perfectly round cavity and in the process opening up the clay. This process is mostly uncontrolled. The aim in the project was, apart from having fun and being part of this experience, to try and create some personal influence in the final piece. This process could be achieved by the shape of the clay and the personal mark making on the surface before the explosion or by creating some intervention after the explosion. In all my years of teaching this project was probably the one my students enjoyed most. The experience of the process was amazing.’
On display in the cube will be the results of the explosions by all the students and also some of Hennie’s own. The pieces are all done in black clay and fired to cone 5.
There will also be a photo documentation of the process as well as a video documentation.