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Gunilla Maria Åkesson -

Shelter 2015


Handbuilt red earthenware - white glazed.

W 38 x H 25 cm. Photo: Peter Carlsson




Cylinders - Shelter
The shape of the cylinder is a form that has always existed, has always been there. You recognize it everywhere in a way that it is natural. I really like the Cylinder as a form for it´s simplicity and common basic shape. Shelter are big forms inbetween 30 - 38 cm wide, they are still thin and brittle in

the walls and surface. The volume makes the cylinders become more sculptural and more present in their appearance.



To get the brittle, thin, organic surface I build up the cylinders in sections, about 5-7 cm each time. Then I throw and hand model each section with one

hand on the spinning wheel /kavalett.  I make one or maybe two sections a day. The bottom is placed in a plaster mould thus giving the cylinder a

convex bottom, then the cylinder finds it giving the form a slight lift from below, therefore sometimes they are partially tilted. They are all manufactured

and hand built in earthenware with ”paperclay “ and fired to 1200 C. degrees.


I have made a short movie to show how I do this. Please have a look here>