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Rob Sollis at Pinewood

Prometheus Ampules: research, design & development

It was 2011, and Sonja Klaus the set designer from 20th Century Studios had been searching for Raku potters online, as Ridley Scott's Prometheus production team wanted a specialist to craft the film's Steatite Ampules from clay. She found, and phoned Rob Sollis and he agreed. He went to live on-set in a porta-cabin at Pinewood  studios for 4 months right next to the Bond '007' stage where the new Alien movie's ship and landing scenes were being built and filmed. Rob and his friend Woody worked feverishly to craft the required vessels to furnish the scenes, throwing and decorating in a hastily constructed pottery and kiln firing area, built to Rob's  spec.

Rare & collectable Prometheus items can be purchased from Rob and replicas in varying sizes can be made to order. Contact Rob

Rob Sollis Prometheus Ampules design pic

The 80 odd Ampules - to be set in the Core Chamber in the Prometheus film - varied from 18", 22.5" to 30.5" tall. All were individually thrown from durable clay that would resist Raku firing temperatures.  Many other replicas were made from biscuit foam and plastic. 

 

In the film, these pots (one of which David steals) primarily held the DNA-mutating 'black liquid goo', contained within 4 conical-shaped glass vials attached inside with latex sheaths, to secure them.

 

The pots started to ooze in the Ampule Room and react with indigenous species, creating several mutant creatures who rapidly grew and scarily rejuvenated.

Images: R. Sollis studio and sketchbooks; Lancaster Munitions Factory (Lancaster Museum.)

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