Spiralis was inspired by my interest in the cultural role that architecture plays in society. Buildings are more than just stone or steel, slate or glass, they have meaning beyond the physical. They make statements, reflect their creator’s personality and polarise opinion. The Spiralis is a hybridisation of historical architecture, demonstrating that the contemporary can be found in the past.
The 2 openings at each end of the spiral are based on Neo-Renaissance architectural details from Waddesdon Manor, a building that was conceived by Ferdinand de Rothschild and became his life’s work.
My practice focuses on the creative use of 3D printing and the transfer of my ceramic skills to new tools that allow me to create ‘impossible’ objects for the first time. Spiralis was created using Rhino 3D Computer Aided Design software (CAD), a process that took many hours of intense work and once satisfied with the form, the CAD files were used to print the piece, slowly, layer by layer. Once printed, it was given a surface treatment to closely resemble Carrara marble.