Porcelain Slab Dropping: A process driven practice by Luke Shalan

Published on October 7, 2014

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Luke Shalan is a ceramic artist and process designer working in Los Angeles, CA.

He investigates the relationship developed between maker, tools and materials through a process driven practice. Working in tandem with contraptions he creates, he explores the material tendencies of porcelain.

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The contraptions are inspired by the physical properties of clay, as well as an intuitive reasoning, and DIY approach to manufacturing. Through a performative investigation of the porcelain’s properties, Luke seeks to uncover the moments in which the inventive nature of a tool creates a dialogue between itself, the material and the maker. Video and photographic documentation reveal the process. The porcelain artifacts are records of the materials reaction, while also articulating a sense of individual connection and iconification to the things we use on a day-to-day basis.

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Recording the object’s shapes with astonishing fidelity, but subtle in their presence, the porcelain artifacts are unique to each individual drop.

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“Im applying the laws of gravity, to determine the impact and outcome of the final artifacts. By dropping slabs using contraptions developed specifically for the task, I am able to accommodate for different variables such as shape, size and location. My interest in the makers relationship to material has lead primarily to dropping slabs of clay over hand tools, iconifying the everyday tool as an integral part of life as we know it today.”-Luke Shalan.

Luke Shalan

Porcelain Slab Dropping Backpack

Large Slab Dropping Contraption

Slab Drop


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