Michael Eden – Ceramics and 3D Printing

Michael Eden is a designer and a researcher working with ceramics and 3D printing. He answered our questions and explains how 3D printing changed the way he used to think and create with ceramics.

His first 3D printed piece- The Wedgwoodn’t Tureen demonstrates his interest in the technology and how he uses it.

The ‘Wedgwoodn’t Tureen’ aimed to thoroughly test the software and hardware of 3D printing and also to tell a story. It was created to fully exploit this new technology. This is something i aim to pressure in my own practise in other materials and how they can collaborate in one outcome.

He redesigned an iconic object from the first Industrial Revolution and produced it in a way that would have been impossible using conventional industrial ceramic techniques. The piece is loosely based on early Wedgwood tureens, chosen for their classic beauty and in homage to Josiah Wedgwood’s role as a father of the first Industrial Revolution.

”The delicate pierced surface is inspired by bone, referring to the natural objects used by Wedgwood and his contemporaries as the inspiration for many of their designs. My choice also refers to the artificial bone produced by Additive Manufacturing.”

The technology removes the constraints of ‘Design for Manufacture’ where the processing of materials has an impact on the final outcome. In other words, there are only certain forms that one can throw on a wheel; gravity, centrifugal force and the material qualities of clay limit the possibilities. The ‘Wedgwoodn’t Tureen’ demonstrates the removal of these constraints and the potential to create previously impossible forms that can creatively communicate new ideas.

Michael Eden’s work is succeessful in how he has pushed technology and methods of making in the media of ceramics. I like how he has combined traditional and history forms with modern style of patternation and aesthetic, This juxtaposition adds a lot of interest to  his work.



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