Working within the field of Ceramics Melina is a passionate designer maker with a good sense of colour and composition driven by a strong motivation to produce work that shares the excitement of discovery.
Through her diverse projects she reflects an optimistic, confident and inventive individual always in search for Read More...
So deeply ingrained is our tendency to regard order as the mark of an ordering mind that we instinctively react with wonder whenever we perceive regularity in the natural world. Touching upon Science & Art, two fields that have intersected for centuries, Melina Xenaki explores the patterns that naturally occur by the vibrations of sound. These patterns, under the category of nodal patterns, are a demonstration of the physical phenomenon called standing waves. Standing waves are a result of interference when two sets of waves of equal amplitude and wavelength pass though each other in opposite directions. The waves move steadily in and out of phase and produce stable regions of constructive and destructive interference. Thus, any granular material vibrated will be distributed on the metal plate according to nodes and antinodes that are produced by the destructive and constructive interference respectively. Melina is using powdered oxides to create the patterns on the vibrating metal plate. After the pattern has been printed on the sheet of porcelain, a clear glaze is applied when the clay is still raw. With these colourful single fired ceramic tiles, she hopes to communicate the enthusiasm and the thrill of discovery that accompany this project, and to draw the viewer’s attention to how beautiful the unexpected presence of order in nature can be Please scroll down and watch the "making of" video.
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