Jade Crompton's 3D Printed Ceramic Tableware

December 18, 2015

Jade Crompton's 3D Printed Ceramic Tableware

Written By Michelle Matisons Via 3DPrint.com

The word “ceramic” derives from the Greek word for pottery, and the earliest known ceramics are 27,000 years old and made from clay. But when you think of ceramics, you may have in mind something you made in a pottery class or your mom’s collection of soup bowls from the 1970s — when hand-crafted pottery objects became very popular. When we think of modern ceramics, we may also think of earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and bone china.  All of these materials fall under that general category “ceramics.” We associate ceramics less with 3D printing, but artist Jade Crompton’s work shows how 3D printing can be used to create unique pieces of ceramic tableware.

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Combining 3D design and printing with casting and molding techniques, Crompton does not 3D print her finished pieces. Instead, she chooses to design her tableware inSOLIDWORKS, and then i.materialise prints her models in polyamide. Then she uses molding and coating techniques. She applies lacquer coating and sanding to create the best surface quality for the mold. The coating prevents water absorption, and it makes it easier to remove the model after pouring semi-porcelain into the mold.

Crompton’s aesthetic looks situated squarely in the modern. However, at closer inspection you can see that she draws inspiration from natural formations such as ice, lava, and rocks. Conveniently, these kinds of natural formations give her ceramic pieces a practical function since the objects, especially the coffee cups, can be easier to grip.

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