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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

I’ve decided, for this weeks photo challenge, to post some organic, natural patterns – namely the type that occurs in the textured glazes I use on some of my ceramic sculpture.  The glazes I use are formulated to highlight the natural shapes of the forms, and the patterns that eventuate are based on fractal structures –  a term introduced by French mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot (born 1924) in 1975 to describe the ever recurring uneven and apparent random – yet predictable – patterns that happen in nature. This theory also ties into chaos theory – which is actually not chaotic, but in fact also predicable!

I have also included a detail of a piece of handmade paper made from natural materials… again this handmade process using natural materials has formed an organic, yet repetitive pattern.

Patterns such as this, and indeed fractal and chaos theory, are an amazing insight into the inherent rules of nature – as opposed to the constructed and controlled patterns of humankind.

More posts for this weeks photo challenge can be seen here:




9 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

  1. These are beautiful. Quite inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by nuvofelt | May 16, 2013, 2:56 am
  2. Beautiful. The “random pattern glazes” I’ve used on ceramic projects have always been my favorite.

    Posted by serif and spice | May 16, 2013, 10:02 am
  3. The patterns as artist would see.

    Posted by Leanne Cole | May 26, 2013, 1:19 pm


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