Erwarteter Zufall

Bokyung Kim

Januar / January - 2019

Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle


My master thesis is characterized by new glazes, which have haptic textures and visible crystals. In addition, I experimentally researched how these glazes can be better used for future work.

What is the Topic?

From my master thesis I expected that a running glaze will be created, which has a very unique texture on the surface, that can be perceived visually or by hand. By gravity, the glaze flows from top to bottom during melting. Objects that are glazed this way show diverse and characterful effects.

Why does it look like this?

Numerous experiments were necessary in order to be able to develop interesting and long-lasting running glazes. Although I made formulas to avoid a lot of waste, I first made rectangular test samples. Glazes with the desired properties, which were stable even after firing, were applied to small objects. These small objects for the second experiment had to be as simple as possible in order to make the appearance of the glaze clearly visible. I designed five different shapes – cylindrical, hemispherical, spherical, flat and conical – because the effects of the glaze depend on the shape.

What is special?

Despite the same recipe of glaze for all objects, none of them have same colour. Looking at the surface of the object, it is clear, that the colour consists of different colour pixels. This creates a special harmony.

What is new?

I tried to also use natural materials to create colours. By using natural materials, they show various effects of surface, even though they are glazed with same glaze. As the simple design of objects are glazed by visually and haptically variable glazes, the objects have diverse characters.