Raqqa Ware 2.0 (2021-2022)

Project Consultant: Morehshin Allahyari.

Response Writers: Dr. Laura Marks & Theresa Wang.

Six 3D models of pottery.

Raqqa ware 2.0 is an archive of 3D ceramics that capture the life and death of Raqqa ware. This lifecycle aims to capture the true essence of the influential city of Raqqa, and how Raqqa ware pottery dissolved the boundaries between east and west. By breaking the pattern of familiarity, this mysterious art movement survived the span of many life forms within the historically rich medieval city of Raqqa. Through its exuberant colors, ornaments and iconic glazed finishes, the zeitgeist of medieval Raqqa peaks through to show us its cultural presence among the few surviving pottery. Islamic pottery wares stand the test of time as one of the greatest creative movements in the art of pottery. Starting with a bare minimum of skill, potters were able to transform ordinary objects of clay into iridescent works of art with a sharp sense of vitality. Inspired by the form and function of Raqqa ware pottery, Raqqa ware 2.0 aims to revitalize the ancient pottery into a contemporary identity, not as a direct imitation, but as an attempt to capture the true essence, life force and originality of Raqqa ware. Through the 3D model archive, the spirit of Raqqa ware will once again be-reborn, into a digital life form free from destruction, with the potential to live in several media such as VR/AR, online simulations, and digital holograms.

This project is generously funded by the Canadian Council for the Arts

Tools: Houdini Side FX / Substance Designer / Substance Painter / Redshift / Marmoset / Analogue Drawing Studies

Raqqa Ware 2.0 Extended (2022-2023)

Response Writers: Dr. Laura Marks & Charlene K. Lau.

Ten 3D models of animal figurines, tiles, bowls, tombstones, beakers and lanterns.

This project extends the archive of Raqqa Ware 2.0. Throughout my exploration of Raqqa ware pottery, I began to understand the variety and artistic influence of Raqqa ware. Inspired by the variety of the ware, in "Raqqa ware 2.0 Extended" I will be creating seven new subjects and ten new 3D models, (1) table stool, (1) lantern, (1) animal figurine, (1) tombstone, (2) tiles, (2) dishes, and (2) beakers. These objects reveal the lifestyle of ancient Raqqa and the way artists of the past viewed the world around them. I wish to study and create these new Raqqa ware identities, to reveal the deeper layers of the character, soul, and history of the ware. I will be exploring the artifacts subjects, colors, ornaments, motifs and glazes to craft 3D models that are imagined replicas, moving away from direct imitation. The addition of these objects will extend the archive as they reveal to the viewer the history of the ancient city through a variety of ancient relics. Each artifact is a vessel that houses the enlightened moments that occurred in Raqqa, from astronomy, philosophy, botany, etc. These themes will be portrayed on the surface of each artifact, by using custom hand rendered textures.

This project is generously funded by the Canadian Council for the Arts

Tools: Houdini Side FX / Substance Designer / Substance Painter / Redshift / Marmoset / Analogue Drawing Studies

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