FIRE WOOD Series
Charred firewood, top coat
FIRE WOOD was inspired from the word ‘firewood’ itself, we found the word intriguing as it felt like a kind of word combination of ‘verb’ and ‘material’ that we have been dealing with. The firewood generally requires splitting, which allows faster seasoning by exposing more surface area. From there, we got an idea to literally ‘fire’ the ‘firewood’ to utilize the split texture and apply fire as a painting tool on the rough surface.
First, we bought a bunch of firewood that is sold for camping and glued them side by side. While maintaining the rough surface of the firewood on the outside, the inside of the planks were planed away to be assembled into boxes. Then, we burned the outer surface controlling the intensity of the fire or the area to be burned. The firing technique which is known as ‘tan-hwa’ in Korean and ‘shou-sugi-ban’ in Japanese is a traditional method of preserving wood, as well as making scorched finish with a magnificent charcoal black color. We have experimented various gradient effect using this technique and made it into a series of vessels. It was intended to give fresh perspective while using a combination of very familiar combination such as firewood and fire.