During my trip to Yellowstone National Park, I was fascinated by the naturally-formed layers of travertine terrace. The irregularity of the layers reminded me of the pulling action that occurred when hot glass was being formed. I used photos from these experiences as my inspiration for this tea set. However, my friend, knowing my love for birds, also reminded me that the set appeared to be bird-like. The set is quiet, but alive at the same time.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A tea set that will bring you a unique tea experience. The innovative handles are developed to fit comfortably in your hands. By nestling the cup with your palms, you will discover that it unfolds like a water lily and lead you to an instantaneous world of tranquility.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The cup can be held in different ways depending on palm sizes. By huddling the cup in your palm, I hope to bring the audiences a sense of warmth and peacefulness.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in October 2011 in Providence, Rhode Island and finished in January 2012. Since the launch of the project, it has been featured on Modern Decoration Home Magazine and numerous sites online.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
I designed this set with slip-casting technique. The process started by creating clay positives and plaster molds, casting with slips, and firing the finished pieces twice. I tried trying to achieve beautiful forms with quick and easy manufacturing process. None of the molds that were created to cast the set exceeded four parts.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Tea set, Ceramic, Peaceful, Nature
Since I knew little about slip casting, I did a few preliminary tests before starting the set. However, even after those testings I still failed in some of my actual molds and almost had to recreate the positives. Those preliminary pieces were then used on glazing and firing examinations.
The challenge of this design was to create a non-generic cup form that would fit comfortably into any user's hands. During my design process, I handed my mock-up models to different people and recorded their comments. I adjusted the handle for numerous times until I got the perfect scale and proportion.
The other challenge I had was to create beautiful pieces that required less production time. It was extremely challenging to balance my expectation (aesthetic) and reality (production).
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Patricia Sheung Ying Wong, 2012.