A ceramic object is very set and final. I wanted to give the ceramic object non-ceramic characteristics- such as flexibility. In the object I created, the ceramic is playing the role of the constructive skeleton, and silicon playing the role of the vessel. Hence the flexible ceramic mug.
More on the development process below.
I experimented with both materials, finding a way to get the silicon to properly connect with the glazed and unglazed ceramic. Along the material experiments I tested different functions such as use, storage and structure. The sketches allowed me to examine shaped and composition.
In my eyes, this concept of combining an elastomer with ceramic has a great deal of potential and along the process there were great directions to choose from. I would love to return to this project in the future and see it through to its real potential.
The manufacturing process was great and challenging. The first step consisted of a three-part slip cast mold for the ceramic. After the ceramic peace was complete with glaze, I inserted it into an elastic polyurethane two-part mold. In the PU mold I casted food grade silicon to make the complete product. I chose PU because I needed a material that can contain the imperfections of the ceramic and that can also be used for silicon casting. Planning and making the molds is a big part of the process, and I love it.