Jonathon Zalakos- Hydroformed Sake Set

Jonathon Zalakos- Hydroformed Sake Set

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From the exhibition 2022 Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize 

Year: 2022

Materials: powder coated copper


Bottle: 200 x 80 x 80 mm

Cups: 70 x 70 x 70 mm

About the Maker: 

My application for this prize is inspired by Robert Foster’s own pursuit of craft innovation and aesthetically streamlined design. For me, this means embracing curiosity, experimentation and a keen eye for finishing details. I explore hydroforming as a manufacturing technique - a method of ‘inflating’ closed metal vessels with pressurised water so as to create complex hollow forms. Typically this is done with tube in heavy dies to create repeatable and precise components: car exhaust pipes for example. I integrate classic silversmithing processes to create hollow forms that are then inflated like balloons, where the final shape is unpredictable and emergent. A tension between divergent properties of liquid are captured in the process as the jug and cups seem to be nearly bursting at the seams, yet remain completely functional for containing and gently pouring out sake.

Jonathon Zalakos is an emerging artist and contemporary jeweller based in Canberra, Australia, on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land. He seeks to integrate traditional goldsmithing materials and techniques with contemporary practices and philosophical thought. His work takes the form of jewellery, interactive objects, digital media and installation. Jonathon is particularly interested in how meaning is co-produced through the processes of expression and perception. This drives exploration into the visual language of cultural phenomena including contemporary pop jewellery culture, online viral media and the two-way relationship between the human and manufactured worlds. These concepts are deconstructed and reassembled so as to consider the different worlds we occupy with our bodies and minds.

Available for shipment or collection from 12 December 2022.

Photos: Tim Bean