When Kohler Just Won't Do

When Kohler Just Won't Do

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 24, 2005

Sometimes you need your bathroom to make a statement- one that just can't be said with the traditional marble and tile getup. If this is you, may I suggest the work of digital ceramicist, Scott Rench. Better known as Yosoh Studio, the label under which he creates his stunning ceramics, Rench is starting to make waves in the design field for his work with computers and clay.

Rench's work consists of computer generated images that are printed with a ceramic glaze onto a large canvas of clay. Creating and collecting images, he scans them into a computer and manipulates them to fit the concept. The new image is output onto transparent film that acts as a stencil for transferring the image to a silk-screen. Glaze is then used (instead of ink) to print the image on to a slab of clay. Once completely dry the slabs are fired. Producing an image that will stand the test of time indoor or outdoor.

The process is one that allows for stunning results- namely Rench's ability to render unique digital images onto unlikely canvases. In this case, I chose to focus on his "Every1 Wants" sink. Decorated with a digitized computer image of a heart surrounded my swarming computer arrows, the sink is certainly a shift away from the traditional sink basin. While this definitely isn't for everyone, I think it's a look and a technique that hold an infinite amount of possibilities and promise.

Rench offers his designs on everything from plates and cups to more traditional sculpture and tea pots. His process is one that combines innovative technological advances with a truly artistic point of view- why limit digital imagery to the computer or television screen- why not use it to color our lives? The possibilities are endless. (I'd love to see this process used to create some sort of large scale shower or wall mural/decoration.) You can find more information on the work of Yosoh Studio right here.

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