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Investigating The Possibilities Of Sulphur

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In a country with no firm tradition of pottery, Icelandic designer Garðar Eyjólfsson has developed the new method of crafting ceramics, using the chemical substance of sulphur.

A collection of trays and small bowls, Eyjólfsson’s project celebrates sulphur, a yellow chemical substance once crucial to Iceland‘s electricity and hot water supply. Using the material’s low melting point, the designer created oval objects with a structure that recalls that of Icelandic stone formations. As the new craft emerged from the these experiments, Eyjólfsson also updated the traditional inlay techniques, creating tray-like objects from sulphur-inlayed basalt. Having previously investigated the materials in his practice, Eyjólfsson studies them within the local context and connects them with more abstract notions like energy and culture.

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