We tested different methods of the flexibility of ceramics, including adding a layer of gel binder to the ceramic, ceramic beading, and glass fiber reinforcement.
The gel binder method worked most efficiently and we decided to stick with this path. First, you must fire the small pieces of ceramic, then attach a soft layer such as agar gel to make it flexible.
The brief of the class was to imagine the future of ceramics. The approach that our team took was to look at the material from a different perspective. Ceramics are often perceived as fragile and brittle, but what if they can be soft, light-weight, and flexible?
Uroko is a material exploration project on extending the expression of Asian identity and heritage with ceramic materials. Designed for the younger generations as a new way to approach ceramics, traditional colors, and patterns, Uroko uses 3D printing ceramic technology to give this classic material a fresh and bold new interpretation.
2022/ Exchange Study at TAMA Art University
Designed in collaboration with Kana Endo (Oil Painting).
We took inspiration from traditional Japanese patterns and transformed them from 2D to 3D with a modular structure. The goal is to renovate the tradition and to make the younger generation feel connected.
KIKKO translates to "tortoise shell”, which represents longevity in Japanese culture. The color red originates from the traditional Japanese mineral color “shu”, which has been used sacredly due to its toxicity.
SHIPPOU refers to the seven treasures of Buddhism. The color blue comes from the Japanese “gosu”, which often appears in porcelain underglaze.
3D-Printed Ceramic Resin
Flexible Chain Link
The bracelet design is elegant and minimal for casual, daily fashion. The choker is more stylish and bold, aligning with an urban style for younger generations to freely express themselves.