Small clear blue bowl in cast epoxy resin by Bob Gilmour - Forest Treasures, Australia. Picture by Bob Gilmour.

I prototyped this small bowl originally as a sauce/dipping bowl and have just begun to produce some resin impressions. In it's own right, the bowl is a fine display piece, so I've had several on sale in my market stall as art objects. Although, of course, they can also be functional.

Small clear blue bowl in cast epoxy resin by Bob Gilmour - Forest Treasures, Australia. Picture by Bob Gilmour.

Like all developmental processes, it's best to start small and work up to bigger things. This piece was a good opportunity to explore the challenges of producing a true bowl shape in resin without the added complexities and cost of increased size.

There were some significant challenges during the molding process and the final mold is less than perfect. As a result, the products have required a lot more hand finishing than I originally anticipated. This led me to re-evaluate my expectation from this resin production process.

Initially, my main objective was to perfect a method of easily adding another range of products to my existing line-up. I've now evolved a little and realise that the new products need to have the same high standard of finish and fine form as my existing works. They also need to push the boundaries of what other people perceive of the resin medium ... and need to push my boundaries as well.

Therefore, I've accepted that much of my resin work will require at least some amount of post-finishing ... sanding and polishing ... rather than simply pulling an item from a mold and sending it off to market.

Small clear blue bowl in cast epoxy resin by Bob Gilmour - Forest Treasures, Australia. Picture by Bob Gilmour. Small clear blue bowl in cast epoxy resin by Bob Gilmour - Forest Treasures, Australia. Picture by Bob Gilmour.

The process of transforming liquid resin into tangible objects is complicated and mysterious. The creative possibilities are without bounds even though challenging at all stages.