Master thesis “Solidification of Foam” deals with the activity of microorganisms, which we cannot see by the naked eye. Microorganism cultures are all around us and in us as well, but we can hardly imagine what they do and how they look like. The unique mixture of microorganisms and porcelain named “Fermented Porcelain” is showing their activity in lasting, tangible material. In porcelain, yeast cultures have the freedom to express their natural creativity and can grow into foamy patterns. On the other hand, porcelain can save vivid activity by forming an image of this process into a hard material.
The growth of microorganisms allows for changing the general appearance of porcelain. Their activity in the material results in porous porcelain. In Fermented Porcelain, we can observe the visual language of the natural process of microorganisms. The foamy structure in Fermented Porcelain is evidence of life in material.
I think that the need for us humans to enclosure us with natural materials is essential. We often forget where we are coming from. Microorganisms are living here on earth longer then we do, their only task is to, eat, reproduce, and die. Natural processes are connected to our culture. We can understand them and through that be aware of the connection with nature which we are slowly losing. Fermented Porcelain is putting the spotlight on microorganisms and try to decentralize humans and their crafting skills. Microorganisms are here whit us. In air, water, on our hands in our body. They can live in places where we cant. I’m employing them to help to create our material world.