Imagine inserting a piece of fabric of the right size into the mold for slip casting. This is the method used in Zhekai Zhang’s creation, a unique handcrafted collection that combines imperfection and the standardization of industrial production.
The handicraft sector in many industries is rapidly being replaced by machines. Industrialized high-efficiency production methods have indeed brought high profits and benefits to enterprises, and have also reduced instabilities of manual manufacturing.
Each product that is handmade turns out to be a one-of-a-kind piece, unique attributes are given for ceramic each piece itself.
When is being poured into the mold, the liquid automatically attaches the fabric to the inner wall of the mold due to gravity. Correspondingly, half of the ceramic texture of the demolded ceramic product comes from the fabric texture. According to this mechanism, each of the ceramic is different. In order to make mass production full of randomness and flexible mold.
“By casting with the fabric, the user eliminates the inherent impression of the consistency of the shape of objects produced by a mold and feels a visual and tactile illusion brought by the technical sense of the fabric itself in mass-produced products,” Zhekai Zhang
After the molding the ceramic is elegantly wrapped by the fabric, resulting in an interesting contrast with the smooth, natural surface grainy pattern coming out of traditional molding. This explored the possibility of different roles of traditional fabrics in mold production. The uncertainty of the final result is transformed into the unique beauty of the product itself. In the context of mass production, giving each product a unique shape will result in the unique relationship between the product and the customer. Due to the unpredictability of the fabric folds, each ceramic design is very particular, and it provides to your dining area a sense of exclusivity.