LIDDED VESSEL, 2021
If you trace the origin of the ancient Greek πυξίς – pyxis – you not only learn that it is a round vessel. But also that the words for box tree and – lo and behold – “box” are derived from this.
The ancient pyxids were often turned from boxwood, but there were also examples made of other materials: ivory, metal, alabaster, ceramics. It can be said that pyxides have arrived in the 21st century with this example printed in porcelain!
This type of lidded vessel has another significance as a ritual or medicinal device – for smoking and preserving scents and vapours. The mould inlaid inside “Pyxis” tells about it. I ask myself which scent I would preserve for these times.
Babette Wiezorek (Berlin/Germany) has two master’s degrees: in art history and communication science as well as in product design. She works as a freelance designer, design researcher, lecturer and is involved in many projects and design activities. Her focus: material, process and technology. In her studio Additive Addicted she experiments with porcelain, 3D printing and the random.
Dear Babette, you were the first colleague I got to know through a video conference on my laptop screen – we live in the same city but we haven’t met in person yet.