Porcelain Decks consists of ten porcelain decks and a short film made in collaboration with Cocoa Helsinki and Angel Films. The project combines the influences in surroundings including a clay and urban culture, in this case skateboarding. Clay known as a metaphor for malleable potential, a material which is meant to be shaped, works in a film as an imitation of transitory, a generalized shattering of wholeness: What was made has been un-made, and cannot be re-made. It is as if two worlds collide, one where the traditional handcrafting of brittle artifacts is valued partly because of the laborous and time-consuming manner of their production, and one of urban youth culture, where objects are not valued for their craftmanship but rather by their function. It is a thought-provoking artwork, where the rendezvous of these meticulously fabricated decks and the ardent nature of the sport for which they are supposedly prepared for is bound to end up in shattered pieces of porcelain.

The Porcelain Decks exhibition was held at CaliHelsinki, a skateboard concept store where the life size porcelain decks were in the same setting of their wooden counterparts.

In collaboration with: Taito Kawata (Cocoa Helsinki), Angel Films and Tomi Freeman (CTRL Clothing).

Porcelain Decks has been exhibited at CaliHelsinki and Helsinki Design Museum, both in 2012 and Clarion Hotel Sign Stockholm Design Week, in 2013. The Porcelain Decks short film has been exhibited at Arizona State University’s Art Museum Ceramics Research Center in 2015 and at the exhibition “Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion” which was shown at the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville in 2016 and American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, in 2017.


Duration: 03:21
DOP and post production: Taito Kawata (Cocoa Helsinki)
Directed by: Man Yau
Cast: Mikko Kivikoski