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Katalin Júlia Herter

Moholy-Nagy Müvészeti Egyetem

Winter Blooming

The tableware set Winter Blooming is part of a larger design project entitled Abstract Nature by Katalin Júlia Herter. The project was created in cooperation with students from Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME) and leading chefs from the Hungarian fine dining scene, including Ákos Sárközi, the executive chef of Michelin-starred restaurant BORKONYHA. The collaboration of chefs and designers set out to research current trends and consequently create new concepts of fine dining installations.

Inspired by the process of crystallisation, the tableware set Winter Blooming was created with the natural phenomenon in mind, utilising cone forms as the basis for the design. However, during the working process it soon became clear that these forms were taking their own shape, transforming into uniquely abstract geometrical structures. The tableware set is made of coloured porcelain of a distinctly pastel palette to create contrast between the colourful interior and the matte exterior of the material. The angled forms can be positioned on different sides, resulting in parts of the plate reflecting and shining idiosyncratically with every new place setting. Positioning them on top of salt hills or on polished basalt stones further emphasises the uniqueness of the glazes. When accompanied with food, the plates' crystallised design creates a novel aesthetic and gastronomic experience.

Artist Statement

For me, crystallisation is an amazing process of nature, as it is slow and can only be perceived fully in its final stage. My designs are inspired by crystallisation and its seemingly random characteristics, such as its consistent irregularities in shape and structure. The most significant impact this process has had on my design has been the unique colour palette and forms created over a long period of time within the minerals – elements that I wanted to incorporate in my plates, both in form and in vision. During the entire process my focus remained predominantly on the surface of the object. I experimented with crystal glazes, whose extreme sensitivity to temperature I let influence the final result of each individual piece. This work presents a design in which colours and patterns contribute to an interesting surface and composition.