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Part 2: Follow the process for creating this piece for Artist in Residence 2016

Romans 9:20-26

Artist in Residence 2016, Ebitenyefa Baralaye – Part 2


Ebitenyefa Baralaye


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Spark & Echo Arts, Artist in Residence 2016



Image by Giorgio Trovato

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My second post is a continued reflection on the themes present in Romans 9:20-26. In fellowship recently I discussed with friends the understanding that ultimately everyone in the world is an eternal being with one of two destinations - in our outside of relationship with God. It could seem unfair to think that the choice of which destination one is destined for is not under individual control but controlled by the external will of God. Our good deeds and obedience fail to justify us before God for to him we are all broken vessels deserving of destruction because of sin. It is only in the person of Christ, his taking on the destruction (death as the penalty of sin) that we deserved, that broken vessels like myself, and all who confess him as Lord and Saviour, are turned into vessels for God’s use and glory. “Bam Bam” is a loose Caribbean slang term used to express trouble, exclamation or engagement in a range of carnal activities. I use it in titling this work as a general expression of humanity’s condition of brokenness and separation from God apart from Christ. The dome-shaped ceramic objects can be read as either a type of gravestone or a vessel. They are all composed of the same material with fractured seams and cracks. The difference between them is the maker’s/mover’s choice to flip and see them in one way or another.

The Process

The finalized and textured model ready for the production of a plaster press-mold.

Making a two-part plaster press-mold from the clay model. I start by preparing one side/half first, followed by the other.

The interior of the freshly made plaster press-mold. It is a negative form of my original clay model.

The finished plaster press-mold!

A layer of clay is pressed into each part of the two-part mold.

Both parts of the clay within the mold are brought and blended together.

After a little bit of drying time freshly pressed casts are removed from the mold and set out to dry.

Dry casts ready for kiln firing!


All materials are copyrighted by the artist and used here by permission.

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

Ebitenyefa Baralaye is a ceramicist, sculptor and designer. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria, raised in Antigua and lives in the United States. Ebitenyefa received his BFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. His studio bases have included Long Island City, Queens; the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City; and Bloomfield Hills, MI where he is currently enrolled as a Ceramics MFA candidate at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has exhibited in various solo and group shows domestically and internationally including the 2011 Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale in Icheon, South Korea and the 2016 Toronto Design Festival. He has held residencies at the Peters Valley Crafts Center in Layton, NJ and most recently, Talking Dolls in Detroit, MI.

Ebitenyefa Baralaye

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