Fragment(s) | The unlimited edition

Julie & Jesse developed unique casting techniques to seize direct impressions of the piles of broken moulds they found in the Chinese capital of porcelain: Jingdezhen. Seen as artifacts of mass production the moulds were re-used to set forth a reminiscence of the history and present a real-time archeology of the city.

The particular process to make each piece results in a unique and unrepeatable shape as the molds continue to decay and color combinations change.
Fragment(s) is an invitation to think about production processes and turning serial production into one-of-a-kind vases.

Fragment(s) have been exhibited at institutions such as M+ Museum for Visual Culture (Hong Kong), the Triennale Di Milano (Italy), Musée Magnelli (France) & Chicago Design Museum (USA) and are held in private and corporate collections as well as the public permanent collections at M+ Museum for Visual Culture (Hong Kong).



Located in the Jiangxi province and known as the porcelain capital of China, Jingdezhen has a history of over 2000 years in porcelain making.

Julie & Jesse have been working there since 2008. They have established a production studio in Jingdezhen and developed several porcelain collections for their own brand, for private clients and for special commissions. During the years spent in Jingdezhen Julie and Jesse have made a unique research based on the ceramic history and practices of the city in discussing and working hand in hand with local craftsmen and mass production factories.

They have accumulated knowledge of a large range of specifics and studied the standard typologies and forms produced historically and presently in the city as well as the unique qualities of the local kaolin and its firing processes. Julie and Jesse’s investigation of Jingdezhen also lead them around the city where the landscape is undeniably shaped by the ceramic industry with mountains of remains composed mainly of broken moulds and porcelain pieces.

These residues bring to light the entropy of the processes in ceramic production and revealed themselves to Jesse and Julie as a poetic decay, offering a kind of ‘real-time’ archeology of the city that inspired Fragment(s).

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