Porcelainia: A Film by Dave Altizer
A film about Bobby Jaber, a porcelain artist who combines elements from science and art in his Octahedral Porcelain Process while also drawing inspiration from Islamic sacred art.
Ceramics does not occur in a vacuum. Each completed porcelain vessel embodies the successes and failures of all the previous work. Throughout the process, each piece exhibits the interconnectedness of existence, change, rebirth, and growth. Each piece embodies reality as a shadow of the idea, the last event as the consequence of all that came before, and is a statement summarizing ones total life experience. Each piece approaches but never reaches a unique perfection defined by the artist. Because there are no absolutes, each work is an expression unique unto itself and is a step in the never ending journey toward the elusive ideal. The Octahedral Porcelain Process is named for the eight distinctive elements which define the process as a unique combination of both arts and science. As the process is followed, each piece will contain material from every other piece since removed material is continually recycled. The first work is the mother of all that follow and each new piece will become her daughters and sons which, in turn, will give birth to the next generations of the work.You can see more of his work at his website.