Sevak Zargarian’s passion for material exploration started in his Foundation final project where he used porcelain paper clay and copper rods to create artificial ‘blooms’ on coral-like structures. To this day, his interest in ceramics has been focused on the tactile qualities attributed to clay and the various processes used.
Sevak is inspired by studio pottery and the different techniques and processes used, and the various finishes achieved. He aspires to translate these into ceramic industrial production, blurring the line between craft and design.
For his final project, Sevak has used grog (fired ceramic pieces) as the craft element in his exploration of the liminal space between craft and design. Making this the central focus of the project, he has experimented with different making techniques and finishes to create vessels, which are each unique, as the grog is randomly placed through the reverse casting process. The surface is then sponged and sanded away to reveal the grog beneath the surface.
Do you consider yourself an artist or designer?
Which artists/designers do you admire?
Max Lamb and Studio Glithero. Studio Glithero harness some basic techniques to create extraordinary things, such as the huge plaster bench they made with sledging. Max Lamb’s work has this international and all-encompassing nature which carries him across continents and material disciplines- I think that’s really aspirational.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
The natural world, the way people use/perceive objects, and anything that comes to mind right before I fall asleep. You’ve got to think about how your work will be used in the world, and that can form an inspirational base to leap off from.
What has been the best thing about studying at CSM?
The fact that the tutors are practising artists and designers, knowing that once you graduate you’ll have the fantastic reputation of the school behind you, and being in the same environment as like-minded creative people that you might not find in other institutions. It’s a great creative pool to draw from.
How does your degree show project differ from your other work?
I’m allowing myself to explore something that I like personally, rather than something that I think would be purely a commercially viable project, and working through processes that I might not be able to access in the future. Really it’s a case of using the freedom that I have right now to explore different avenues, before I leave and lose that opportunity.
Any plans following graduation?
I’d like to find some internships in small design studios or a part time job within the creative industry so I can gain some experience in the industry before roughing it alone.
Anything else we should know about you?
I make pretty good brownies, If I may say so myself.