Parametric Ceramics

Art Direction‭ /‬‭ ‬Jimmy Jian
Design /‬‭ ‬Jimmy Jian‭, ‬Jack Liu
Ceramics /‬‭ ‬Hazel Pan‭, ‬Jimmy Jian
Programming /‬‭ ‬Jack Liu
Photography‭ /‬‭ ‬Feng-Cyuan Ku
Film‭ / ‬Feng-Cyuan Ku
Edit‭ / Emily Lee
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Parametric Ceramics is a series of ceramic objects that explores the potential of design using parametric modeling as creative tools in ceramic design. 

Slipcasting is a technique for the mass-production of pottery and ceramics. The technique is suited to the production of complex shapes, especially if with relief decoration and thin walls. By combining this technique with digital parametric design which generate forms depending on the behavior of a computer algorithm in response to a set of data, we can create pottery that is aesthetic, hard to be crafted by hand, yet manufacturable.

Parametric Design
The term “parametric design” is originally used in architecture, to describe design method using an algorithm based model system. By constantly changing parameters, we’re able to get different forms in realtime, analyzing best results based on design intents, and even being a form-finding process. 

In this project, we aim to explore the forms which fit in original slipcasting process, hard to be crafted by hand, but with rich parametric aesthetic. Form exploration stage shows the possibility we discovered by applying distinctive math pattern in nature, adding gradual changing parameters, altering smooth or low-poly facade, etc.

Slip Casting
The porosity of the plaster mold absorbs the water in the slurry and thus causes a deposit of material to form on the inner wall‭ ‬of the mold‭, ‬taking the shape of the mold‭. ‬The thickness of this‭ “‬skin” ‬is proportional to the time for which it is allowed to form‭.‬

plaster molds
test pieces
glaze powder