I’ve started to match time to the barriers in the last period.
Time is “temporary” and there is no doubt about that (it seems a stupid statement but it is not) and so are the barriers that always delimit something that is evolving, changing or being built.
So in a way the barriers indicate that it takes time to change and do something and, until we see them, the work is in progress and therefore not finished.
On the wave of these thoughts I tried to design a barrier/clock for home so that we can use it when we need to concentrate to do something, to work, to cook or any other activity that involves our concentration.
A clock that does not indicate the time but reminds us at the same time that what we are doing needs our time and our concentration.
I have tried to maintain some of the characteristics of London’s barriers while at the same time trying to distort their shape. The result was this elongated shape of a barrier with an extruded and rounded circle at its apex which should be the part of the watch face.
The shape, as much as the barriers, is inspired by pendulum clocks from the ground. The two holes in the body take their cue from the barrier but at the same time are designed to be able to carry the object around the house according to where you need it.
The process that led to the form was more instinctive than reasoned but, thinking about the reasons that had led me to that form, I understood that in reality my intention to compare it to the passage of time of a pendulum clock was clear even though I had not made it clear to myself.
Once fired the model I also decided to apply the glaze to get a better understanding of its composition and to experiment with the glazes on the terracotta.
I would like to continue with this relationship between barriers and time and try to make larger prototypes by evolving the shape and trying to express this relationship between time to build in the urban and private environment.