Michal Fargo (Israel, 1984): A couple of years ago, while still living and working in Israel, Fargo took a radical approach to ceramics; she started ripping blocks of spongy foam into shapes or cutting them coarsely with a knife. She then dipped these shapes in liquid porcelain with a coloured stain and fired them. “By developing a different working technique that does not require molds I was able to design free forms that are no longer restricted by parting lines and pouring points, I was also able to get different and diverse surfaces”, Fargo says. The resulting work instantly met with an eager audience of buyers and collectors from both the fine arts and the design scene, not just in the UK, but as far as Australia and South Korea.
Fargo’s later experiments with foam include hollowing sponge blocks and filling these with liquids. Once fired, the vase form is dipped in intensely pigmented resin. The emerging object is uncannily organic in appearance with coral like surfaces rarely seen in ceramics.
Michal Fargo studied ceramic design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem before moving to London where - after obtaining an MA from the Royal Academy of Arts - she now lives and works.