POLYMORPHIC MOULD

BASED

ON RODS

Abstract

The aim of this project is to propose new ways in crafts through innovation. It is intended to improve and research the possibilities in the design of a new production process focused on the emptying technique in pottery, developed during my period of international mobility in Chile.

Documents were reviewed on design and craftsmanship, a study was made of the preliminary draft in Chile, a valuation of problems and virtues were carried out and research and experimentation routes were opened.

Consequently, the prototype of a tool to produce moulds oriented to the technique of pouring in the pottery was manufactured and pieces of porcelain for tableware were made.

In short, it was concluded that the designed tool and its logic opens up a range of formal and working possibilities in design and craftsmanship.

 

 

 

 

The Designed tool allows to create shapes manually without craft experience by the extrusion of rods. From the negative extruded form, positive molds are created by adding silicone. From these molds negative casts in plaster are manufactured and pieces are reproduced.

 

It is an intuitive, visual and with the possibility of editing technique. Opens a new dimension of possibilities, new formal and work configurations. It allows the creation of natural forms governed by a limited arbitrariness and relative to the rod used (shape, size and texture). It decreases the time of creating forms for the manufacture of molds in silicone analogous to the original piece in the casting technique. In addition, it is a tool that allows the translation of a form to its own logic through tracing. 

A series of elements of crockery were manufactured, catered to the function of a vermouth. The idea was to show the versatility of the tool through pieces that are part of the same family, with different size and shape and that respond to different functions. The products were designed following the concept of the relationship of material with nature. The use of purely organic forms with a texture that reminds to mineral strata in mountains, to the erosion produced by water and wind in rocks, to salt mines and to the passage of time. In this way it is intended to transport the user to the mineral origin of the material and to give value to the product.

OPERATION / ATTRIBUTES / PIECES
Salt mines / San Pedro de Atacama / Chile.
Catedrales de Mármol/ Puerto Río Tranquilo / Chile.
Catedrales de Mármol/ Puerto Río Tranquilo / Chile.
Torres del Paine / Chile.
Catedrales de Mármol/ Puerto Río Tranquilo / Chile.
Catedrales de Mármol/ Puerto Río Tranquilo / Chile.
RESEARCH LINES

In the beginning, the intention wasn’t only to innovate in the emptying technique in pottery, but also to investigate around the logic of creation through a mold based on rods. It was intended to find out if it is possible to translate the rod shapes into smooth shapes. It was also wanted to extrapolate the essence of the method to other disciplines, artisanal and industrial. For example, it is thought that a tool could be developed for the blown glass technique. In this technique the pieces could be produced directly in the mould, shortening the number of steps in relation to the traditional technique.  Other interesting fields to investigate are: caramel blown (cooking technique), thermoforming (continuing from the tests and prototypes carried out in the project) focused on the creation of an artisan rapid prototyping and thought for small scale or industrial products, the automation of a rod system (possibility of extrude profiles in the physical environment through software), the applications can be a polymorphic industrial mould, an editable room, adjustable furniture...

In conclusion, the logic of creating forms through a rod system is a new idea that has not yet been explored and presents countless possibilities. Due to the time limit of the project it could not be investigated enough, however, is an aspect that I consider for a near future.

 Design

 Miguel Giner

Photography

Olga Segura

Quima Roca

Photographic edition

Guillem Garay