Milly Dent is a Sydney based ceramic designer whose work explores the material of porcelain through uniquely handcrafted, exclusive ceramic goods. The underlying philosophy behind Milly’s work is based on the simple ideal of producing works that result in outcomes which are both utilitarian and sculptural.
With the support of the Australian Council for the Arts, Milly undertook an artist’s residency in Arita – a pottery village on Kyushu Island, recognised as the birthplace of porcelain in Japan.
Intrigued by porcelain’s reputation as a smooth and compliant
clay, Milly Dent investigates the material surface tension, developed across a scale of
thickness, roughness and the whiteness of the clay body. Subtle
shifts in surface finish from raw unglazed porcelain to gloss glaze
to ethereal gold lustre, are used to celebrate the fine detail.
As a traditionally industrial process, associated with larger scale
production, Milly utilises the slip casting process as the primary
mode to construct her works. Beyond slip casting
she explores experimental burn out methods and a wide variety
of natural materials – wood chips, sawdust, cardboard, popcorn,
sunflower seeds – for variation in surface texture. The result, a
series of innovative porcelain outsources.