I can only imagine what this factory must have been like. That but also that the facility was also used to house the residents attending Medalta A.I.R program. It is so very different now. Floods, and general maintenance issues, but I hear the place will be rejuvenated. I hope to see it that way one day.
The factory has captivated my interest, in terms of molds, moldmaking and the press molding /casting involved. I am going to explore every area of the facility, looking for inspiration, education from the molds/master molds available and historical research. If I could learn something from Hycroft, it is that we have come so far historically but we have also lost a lot of ground on the hands on approach to materials, making and producing ceramics. Industrial production is special in its own way, to support the economic need of the public for affordable ceramic tableware, even Medalta was an industry in its right, but the production of ceramic ware with a an artistic inspiration behind it is much more important.
Medalta’s ware has been and still is about convenience of the form- form follows function in other words. Now, ceramics is still about this function but the artistic function is more prevalent, being that the form should be inspirational or creative or thematic. This allows the ceramic object to become the luxury item or the center piece or “the favorite”, above the functional wares that litter the market.