This is an ancient insight: just like the plants, ceramics has the ability to lead water inside. The interaction of ceramics with water allows phenomena such as filtration, cooling by evaporation, transmission and discoloration. These insights, combined with the new technology of 3D printing in ceramics allow to control and design the internal structure of the material. I studied the movement of water by experimenting. The visual results are controlled yet surprising, leading to different uses: conducting water to grow seeds, filtering drinking water, or serving as a cooling element.
Panta Rhei is 2016 final project at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
Guidance: Prof. Ido Bruno
The project received the Polonsky Award, for remarkable design work , 2016.
July 2016 Finals exhibition, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.
Old technique - New technology : 'Jara' and first experiments with ink, saline and ceramics.
Ceramics, paper and wood microscopic structure
This project’s experiments flow through three different porous materials. A look at the microscopic inner structure reveals the different structure and opportunities of water absorption in each material.
Hydraulic visual dictionary
Patterns made with hydraulic chromatography. Materials: Paper, black ink and water.
Patterns. Duplicating the cut created a complex and changing and controlled patterns.
Trying to go from two dimensional paper to 3D and depth of material: Experiments with layers of paper and a drop of water.
Wood, unlike paper , has a particular functional fiber orientation of absorbing water. I got a lot of inspiration and wisdom from the fibrous structure of the wood: areas which absorbs differently in the same trunk, the rings that vary, and different textures obtained in different segments of the same wood.
The idea was to create a porous ceramic fiber structure, like wood. In the ceramics I combined organic fibers that disappear when I burn the ceramics and leave empty spaces. Controlling the direction of the fibers would allow me to control the motion of water inside the ceramics.
Questioning technology: What is three-dimensional printing? In fact it is a thread of material coming out of the nozzle that moves on hinges attached to a computer. The conclusion was that a 3D weaving machine, is just another kind of 3D printer. Since I didn’t have a ceramic 3D printer, I started experimenting with weaving threads and ceramics.
Cramic 'Drinkers': Different experiments of ceramics absorbing water
Simple shapes with complex internal structure
Searching for the right look and feel of the design language, I decided to investigate the inner structure of fruits and vegetables, as these are the juiciest parts of the plant, and have a smart mechanism conveying water inside. The conclusion was designing simple shapes that have complex internal structure.
Water based color palette
Color palettethat changes with water as irrigation indicator. A natural feature of the material, which is used as an indicator of the wetness. The low fire ceramic pigment is remained “pale “. But when watering, the product’s color becomes saturated. When drying, the products turn pale again.
Three products, three basic human needs. I designed three objects, three applications of the process’s insights, which provide for three basic needs. The operation of the objects is based on irrigation, ancient wisdom of using ceramics, and exploiting the capabilities of three-dimensional printing technology. All these in order to control the internal structure and the route of water inside the object.
Drinking: Water filtration. Planned and designed in the method of water filtering by layers. Each ceramic layer gives a different level of filtering. The clean water drip out of the object and down to a water container.
Growing food: sprouting. Watering down into the vessel, while the seeds are laid out on the outer layer of the product. The vessel leads water to the seeds.
Preserving: Preserving fruits and vegetables in a cooler environment. The reservoir is at the bottom of the vessel. The tool conducts the water up in the material and enables rapid evaporation which cools the area of the fruits and vegetables.
From the exhibition of 2016 finals at Bezalel :
Generator: Create, Produce, Form (and in Hebrew also - Dance).
The Generator brings together traditional design, craft and edge technologies, using Digital manufacturing.
The technological incubator examines relations between design and technology: How does technology affect design processes and how does the designer can adapt technology and its manifestation in the final product?
The manufacturing process begins with a seven-axis milling machine Robot. Complex processing methods create a variety of textures on the material, providing for each creature a different character. A second robot assembles the toys, throughout the fair, and marks the products with its own signature through a stroke of a brush and some paint.
Incubator team : Alexander Gecht, Guni Kofman, Tom Director, Ori Kaufman and Hila Mor
November 2017, Design Technology Exhibition, Exhibition Fair, Tel Aviv.
The design of the original 3D model was identical and smooth, with no textures applied. The textures are the outcome of different paths and movements of the robot. This way, we were able to create vary textures and a different character for each final model whose originally the same. In addition, this method of production shorten the working time and made manufacturing process more efficient.
Photos and video from the Fresh Paint Fair June 2016 in which we exhibited the project and sold the toys.
Light exhibit in the Jerusalem light festival 2017
The lighting installations were designed inspired by the hidden structure of the fungus. The structure consists of laser cut metal and 3D printed modules. The whole experience of the display is inspired by the reproduction mechanism of fungus in which it distributes the spores. The “spores” are the interactive part of the display, made of soap bubbles filled with white smoke.
The botanical growing diary pagination is by planting and growing seasons of seeds inside.
Each page contains a golden mineral that ventilates the ground and absorbs water. And various seeds: decorative plants and wild flowers,leafy vegetables, fruits, tropical,and grains.
Methods users dispersal the seeds change by season:
In winter - they sail boat that sprouts,
In summer - fly a passionfruit plane,
In autumn spread a carpet of seeds,
And in spring - hang ads of flowers around the neighborhood.
(There is also a surprize page!)
The project was made in the "one to dosen" course at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Guidance: Haim Parnas
July 2015 Finals exhibition, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem.
May 2016, Jerusalem Design Week, Hansen House.
August 2017, Natural Process, Hansen house, Jerusalem.
Lentil paper boats.
A passionfruit paper plane.
The product offers a combination of ancient insights with new technology of 3D printing in ceramics. As well as exposing fruits and vegetable to the consumer awareness, outside of the fridge.
Today consumer culture affects the way we consume and experience food. One of the most important elements of the mass food storage is the ability of conservation. Conservation used today is mainly by electric refrigerator, which is essentially a large box. Inside this box, a mess, loads of food is hiding. Thus, high percentage of fruit and vegetables are being forgotten, rotten and trashed. Conservation and refrigeration existed thousands of years ago - the technique of cooling by water evaporation from ceramics. Learning from the ancient insights and using new technology can lead to better, more efficient life.
The project was made in the "Food Chain" course at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Guidance: Liora Rosin
Sprout's roots behave like liquid: they would cover any free space they have.
"cast" them into molds:
1- Water and let the sprouts grow for a while.
2- Cut the nutritional green part and leafs and eat.
3- Dry the roots upon the bowl mold, when dry set them apart-
and you have a dry roots bowl.
The project was made as part of the preparation course to final project, at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Advisors: Maya Vinitsky and Prof. Ido Bruno
Balata, meaning 'Brick' in Hebrew. Using the typical Israeli 'Ackerstein' red bricks and 10 Israeli cent coins trying to control and design the fraction. Research in materials and fractography, by press.
The project was made in jewelery course at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Advisor: Dana Hakim
'I' profile and a wooden railroad beam.
The project was made in metal technology course at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Team work: Guni Kofman, Ruth Naama Paz, Dan Eliash, Daniel Didi and Hila Mor.
Guidance: Noam Dover
Display, which combines video and performance. Focusing at the point of contact between the body and the wheel. Highlighting this marginal point and turning it to the primary of the situation. Feet, the way they react to the curves and creasing of the wheel in order to create motion and reach stability simultaneously.
The project was made in the "Structure, Function, Form" course at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.