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Kim Blekkenhorst - Ceramic object, Mortar

Kim Blekkenhorst - Ceramic object, Mortar

Kim Blekkenhorst - Ceramic object, Mortar
Netherlands - 21st century - Ceramic, Clay

This mortar and pestle is made with a rough and rocky light blue clay body. It’s made by hands using coils of clay to build up the round base of the piece and it has been inspired by Mexican mortar and pestles to make salsa. The bowl shape, the legs and the decoration have been made separately. During the building up the clay has to dry in between, the wet clay has to dry to a state that is called leather hard before the legs and decoration could be attached to the bowl shape.

The decoration is made with a painted on colored salmon pink clay slip. After drying the mortar and pestle have been fired to 1200 Celcius. It’s made with a stoneware clay body that makes it after firing as hard as stone and heavy. During the process of drying it has created a small crack that became visible after the firing. The mortal has been made with very thick clay and is therefor very strong. It can be used to grind foods.

Lot details
Ceramic object, Mortar
Ceramic, Clay
Designer/ Artist
Kim Blekkenhorst
Estimated Period
21st century
Country of Origin
As new - unused
25×17×17 cm
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