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David Horan

MA work

My interest lies in working with materials and processes in unusual, often overlooked ways. This can be seen in my work with waste stone from quarrying and stone masonry. Although humans have worked stone for millennia, until now we have disregarded stone waste.

The 'Lava Glass' project investigates applications for waste powdered stone. By heating granite waste I can produce an artificial version of obsidian, which is natural volcanic glass. Where mixed stone sources are found they can be fired to a form of ceramic without additives. Each mixed stone source bears the chemical fingerprint of the quarry from which they are taken.

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  • David Horan profile image
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Design Products, 2013

    Specialism

    Platform 15

  • My interest lies in working with materials and processes in unusual, often overlooked ways. This can be seen in my work with waste stone from quarrying and stone masonry. Although humans have worked stone for millennia, until now we have disregarded stone waste.

    The 'Lava Glass' project investigates applications for waste powdered stone. By heating granite waste I can produce an artificial version of obsidian, which is natural volcanic glass. Where mixed stone sources are found they can be fired to a form of ceramic without additives. Each mixed stone source bears the chemical fingerprint of the quarry from which they are taken.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Transport and Product Design, Coventry University, 2008
  • Experience

  • Production assistant, David Gill Galleries, London, 2011; Design internship, Klauser and Carpenter, London, 2010–11; Founding member, hundredstensunits, Coventry, 2008–10
  • Exhibitions

  • Out of the Woods, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2012; Paradise, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, Italy, 2012; TENT London: Talent Zone, Truman Brewery, London, 2007
  • Publications

  • 'Once Upon a Chair', R. Klanten, A. Kupetz, S. Ehmann, S. Moreno, Gestalten, 2009