The Reproduction of the Reproduction of the Reproduction
The Porcelain Collection in Dresden contains pieces from the very early period of Meißen porcelain, which were made using casts from Chinese originals. When the Chinese original and the Meißen copy are compared, a feature of porcelain comes to light which clearly reveals the copy as such: porcelain shrinks during the hot glaze firing and thereby loses its contours; they are literally softened. Depending on the porcelain clay used, the shrink factor lies between 13% and 16%. What is more, things happen in the kiln that can not always be anticipated: the clay can become distorted, can crack, and this can lead to a high
rate of porcelain rejects, especially if the forms are complicated. During its production, the 14% lamp makes use of this very feature of the porcelain mass. Each porcelain lampshade is a cast of the previous, larger shade and is itself the model for the next, smaller one. Like that for the two Dresden figures of the Goddess, the modelling process is carried out five times. With each cast the influence of the firing on the porcelain clay recurs. The result is a rather wilful lamp whose attraction lies in that fact that the porcelain mass co-shaped the result, and the slight yet visible modification can be ascertained from shade to shade.
14% will be part of the Karakter Copenhagen collection in 2013.