Cones of Uncertainty

Cones of Uncertainty

I have always been keenly interested in the weather and weather forecasting. Cones of Uncertainty takes its inspiration from the expression that describes the possible paths a hurricane will follow. Appropriately, my cones were exposed to intense conditions in the pieces’ second kiln firing. The “strings” across the top of each vessel were made by coating actual string with porcelain paperclay slip, then they were attached to the cones with different degrees of tightness. Because paper clay shrinks more than regular porcelain, it was anticipated that the firing would produce varying degrees of breakage of the strings. The relative randomness of the results also parallels the uncertainty of weather events.

Selected for:
Community of Artists (2014), Danforth Museum
Porcelain, porcelain paperclay; 30" w x 6.5 " w x 13" d (total area)