Light As Air Ceramic: Paul Cocksedge

A rising star of lighting design, the young British designer Paul Cocksedge creates visually spectacular and technically ingenious lights that celebrate the magical and transformative qualities of illumination. Whether he is working with inexpensive found-materials like plastic vending machine cups or exquisite hand-made glass, Paul Cocksedge designs and produces visually arresting lights in surreally sculptural forms that often engage the user by enabling them to switch the light on or off by placing a flower in or out of a vase or joining up the pencil strokes on a piece of paper. Cocksedge experimented here with blowing PVC as if it were glass. He adapted a machine to heat the plastic. The artist cut the pliant material at different heights, so that each light is unique. Surprisingly, the resulting forms resemble wheel-thrown ceramics, especially with the horizontal grooves. This unusual light is made up of three irregular grooved vertical cylinders resting on a white plate. Two are white, and the tallest of the three is black. The entire piece has a very high gloss.