Resin or epoxy resin is a liquid polymer that usually consists of two parts: a resin and a hardener. Once mixed thoroughly, a chemical reaction will occur, generating heat that will turn the liquid polymer into a solid.
Resin is a phenomenal substance to work with because of the amount of control it gives you to receive a desired look. Typically, home wares are made of ceramic, glass, wood, or plastic. The issue with these materials is that it can be very difficult to control the aesthetic of the product. Ceramic must be painted or glazed, so it has no transparency and does not allow for design below the surface. Glass offers the same issue of control. It can be painted or tinted, but you cannot create significant design movement within it. Wood can be painted or stained, which can exaggerate the wood grain, but has a clear limit as to what can be produced aesthetically. Finally there is plastic. Plastic home wares are typically made using a method called “injection moulding”. Essentially, there is a mould (typically metal) that is then pressure filled with liquid plastic, until it hardens into the shape of the mould. Once again, the plastic may be coloured or it may be painted, but this process does not allow for much control over how the product will look.
Resin allows for phenomenally beautiful art. It allows for the use of specific colours and movements to be used to create incredible pieces that are entirely unique. Whilst resin can be largely controlled compared to other materials, it still usually does what it wants. This allows for a beautifully unique piece every time. Resin is lawless and you can try and force it to flow one way or another, but it will ultimately do what it wants every time. Liquid can be contained well, but not always controlled. This controlled chaos can be leveraged to create pieces that you expect to turn out one way, but turn out in a completely different way that is often even more beautiful than you had planned. We love the lesson that we learn working with resin; that you can try and control things as best as you can, but sometimes things just go the way they were meant to go, and often it works out better that way. Isn’t that where art is best discovered? Art is forged when human beings do their best to control this life, but are reminded that we’re not always driving. Art is what happens when we just sit back and enjoy the ride. Our art imitates life in the fullest way.