Poppy Wilson St James

Copyright 2014
Pigs Trotter Jelly Mould

In the kitchens of history gelatine was created by boiling the bones of animals, especially pigs and cattle. Nowadays gelatine is still made from the hides and bones of cows and pigs but is industrially extracted, pigs are specifically used for the production of food grade gelatine. As highlighted by the recent horse meat scandal we are increasingly unaware of what exactly is in our food and how it is treated before it arrives in shops and on our plates. By creating a jelly mould in the shape of a pig’s trotter I am reminding consumers of the origins of their food, specifically the intensive industrial processes and subsequent synthetic nature of jelly that removes us from the reality of its source. The product succeeds by creating a trotter shaped jelly, the final food product taking the form of gelatine's original source.

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Trotter Jelly and Mould

Using the mould and a jelly created from it to discuss the origins of gelatine with two primary school children.

 
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1. Front leg trotter 2. Test mould from front trotter 3. Back leg trotter

 
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4. Mould from back leg trotter 5. Painted mould from back leg trotter

 
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6. Base to fit cast trotter 7. First cast trotter 8. Mould created from cast trotter

 
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9. Mould created from cast trotter 10. Spray painted mould 11. Coloured mould

 
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12. Final laser cut base 13. Final trotter cast

 
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Final Mould

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