One of a Kind
25 porcelain vessels arranged in a grid
50 x 50 x 10cm
One of a kind is a series of 3d printed ceramics. 3D printing may be the keystone of the 3rd industrial revolution. It will influence industry, distribution and consumption; but how will it change our perception of craft and the sanctity of the hand of the maker? Ben Landau and I have researched the idiosyncrasies and limitations of this new manufacturing process. We decided to research the juxtaposition between 3D printing and craft. The 3D printer we built is hand made and industrial: we need to manually calibrate it, process and mix the clay by hand, adjust speed and pressure – every setting is different for each object printed. The 3D printer could also be understood as a way to industrially manufacture objects, but because of the manual set up, each outcome is slightly different. We decided to make a series of vessels to accentuate the uniqueness of each object. One of a kind is a collection of vessels which demonstrate the sameness and difference of objects manufactured with this process, which sits between handmade and industrial production.