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Eliana Bernard

Eliana Bernard

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Using liquid clay molds to create carefully crafted porcelain resembling marble patterns, Austin-based designer Eliana Bernard is so confident in her work she named her company "Eliana."

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- It's something that I love to do. I am a maker. I love coming into the studio, making things, having ideas, creating objects that I can use in my home, that other people can use. I fell in love with ceramics and I love the process. I love how you can manipulate the material to create an object that exists in the world, and it starts from just something in my head, sketching it out on a notepad to then actually making it with my own two hands. It's a rewarding feeling. My name's Eliana Bernard, and I'm the owner of Eliana. I'm inspired by a lot of things. Things that I see in nature, different patterns and textures. A lot of times, it's going to the store and looking at different color palettes, and kind of finding a way to bring all of these ideas into the studio to then create something. Usually it's something that I want to create for myself that I can use in my home. I come into the studio and just kind of play around with different ideas. A lot of the times, it's kind of, start off by making something small that ends up blowing up into an entire collection of work. With my work, I slipcast everything using liquid clay. I make a prototype, and then I make a plaster mold of that, and then I cast that. So it allows me to have a refined product, but also with the marbling, that's done by hand. That pattern is what makes each piece one of a kind, because I can't replicate that exact marble pattern from piece to piece. When I come to the studio, I lay out all of the plaster molds that I'm gonna cast for the day, and I'll start off by pouring porcelain slip, which is liquid clay, into all of the plaster molds, and let those cast for about 15 to 20 minutes. When those are done casting, I'll drain out the excess slip and drizzle in the different colors of marble that I'm gonna add to the plates, and use a needle tool to create the marble pattern by hand. Then I can take those out of the molds, smooth out the rim, and sponge them off and get them ready to bisque fire. I remove the pieces from the kiln and sponge those off, stamp them, wax the bottoms, and then glaze them into either a gloss glaze or a matte glaze. Then I'll fire those again. Once I fire those, I can remove those from the kiln and brush gold luster and fire it a third time. That's when the pieces come out of the kiln shiny and glossy and gold. The work itself is beautiful, but it's also meant to be used. I make these pieces so that people can use them in their kitchen, dining tables. I want it to be something that, when they get up in the morning, they reach for this coffee mug, because it's their favorite coffee mug, and it just makes you feel good when you're using them.

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