Balloon Bowls by Maarten de Ceulaer
Published on September 15, 2012
The Balloon Bowls is a project created by casting mass-colored, strong synthetic plaster into a balloon, after which a second balloon is inserted, and inflated. These two balloons act as flexible moulds, resulting in always unique shapes for the bowls. Once the plaster is hard, the balloons are removed, and a bowl appears. The colorants come out completely different each time again as well, with spectacular and uncontrolled colour patterns as a result.
The bowls are finished with a special coating which reinforces the plaster, makes it waterproof and usable.
The process is an experimental review of a traditional ceramic practice; instead of using porcelain or clay, it takes plaster as an end material, not just as an inferior material to make moulds with.
The project is all about serendipity; the parameters that influence the process are known, but still the result is always a guess, and never turns out exactly the way you want it. A simple technique which creates unique items over and over again.