Craftsmanship and technology meet in 3D printed porcelain
Applying technological innovations for design purposes used to mean a straight route to mass-production, and that to machine-breaking luddism, in the most extreme cases. A good century later, and with the rise of computer-led design, it is seen in a different light: we started to recognise that technology can be actually really helpful, opens new possibilities, and allows to achieve greater precision. Italian clay artists Andrea Reggiani and Davide Tuberga’s porcelain collection demonstrates well how 21st century innovations can be put to serve crafts, while not forgetting about artisan heritage.
For their range including vases, cups, and even lampshades, they built a special 3D printer. The method of modelling first on computer then allowing the special machine to put the plans into physical shape makes it possible to achieve geometrical forms a lot more quicker and easier.The continuous, uniform thread of clay builds up the objects layer by layer, resulting in pieces that are put together seamlessly. Not omitting the handicraft layer completely, the vases are baked and glazed with an ancient, traditional process. The result is an uncanny fusion of technology and craftsmanship, manifesting in the form of a beautiful, contemporary porcelain collection.
Source: Moco Loco
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