Introduction: Ceramic Repair Jobs (Large Scale)

The first image is a small scale model of the larger piece. There are two parts - the bowl of the toilet and the "tank"

Step 1: Built Piece Ready for First Kiln Firing

In the kiln we have the tank on the left and the bowl on the right. The tank acts as the male piece and the bowl as the female. The shape is intended to be the function of the toilet following the form - a take on a urinal and in some sort of conversation with Duchamp's readymade.

Step 2: Breaks, Blowouts, and Cracks

Unfortunately the piece was still a bit wet - the bottom takes a long time to dry - especially on such a large scale. The drying process of the kiln happened too quickly, causing the piece to break. Luckily it kept most of its structural integrity so it could be repaired.

Step 3: Plaster, Rasps, and Sandpaper

The holes were patched with cloth and lathered with plaster. After filling all cracks and holes, the plaster was brought to a smooth surface with rasps and sandpaper.

Step 4: Paint

Now half plaster, the piece can no longer be fired. With a primer and coat of paint, the surface is brought to one consistent texture and temperature.

Step 5: Presentation

For presenting the piece, gingham cloth was put in the seat to mask the repair jobs that can be seen inside. A tank is also repurposed to help reference a toilet. This piece was included in a bathroom installation in a show called "Four Rooms".

When ceramic pieces break (which definitely happens), it's not always over! Pieces can still be salvaged, sometimes you just need to pivot. Hope this was helpful!