CLAIRE LEHMANN - FINALIST
Claire is a ceramicist and graphic artist with qualifications in art history, multimedia and ceramics. Her work reflects interests in shape, texture, process, weight and material. Claire works out of a studio in North Melbourne, and has been making ceramics for seven years in between freelance work. Originally making tableware, Claire is now more interested in lighting and sculptural, non-functional ceramics.
Claire is currently exploring ceramics and industrial design at a three-month ceramic scholarship at the European Ceramic Work Centre (EKWC) in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. Claire likes ceramic design that bridges industrial design, fine art and craft and is interested in what happens when you make something that lacks function.
Brutalist architecture and sci-fi films/interior design from the 1970s and 80s inspire her work.
Claire is influenced by the industrial design objects and systems usually kept hidden behind walls and ceilings; plumbing, air-conditioning, heating and wiring.
In this realm, function leads and aesthetic follows. The materials and design are still informed by the usual concerns of cost, tolerance, weight and performance but the priorities are different, everyday human interaction isn’t considered so nothing has to be humanized, scaled or softened for our sight or touch.
Claire started designing lights from porcelain and immediately realized how difficult the material was when thin enough to be translucent. The strict parameters of the material provide a design challenge, one that continues to be interesting to problem solve.