Ceramics have had a renaissance lately–there’s Spanish surrealist designer Jaime Hayon’s work for the venerable porcelain manufacturer Lladró, Atelier NL’s gorgeous locally-sourced Drawn From Clay series, or Vienna’s 250-year-old Augarten porcelain factory partnering with new-school designers like Marei Wollersberger.
As funky as those projects look, they’re all made with traditional methods. Today’s ceramics might look cool, but the techniques haven’t changed much in a few hundred years. But just as it has…uh…revolutionized footwear, 3-D printing has saved ceramics.
The folks at the Belgian design studio Unfold just announced they’ve successfully printed a ceramic bowl with a home-grown 3-D printer. What’s cool about this is that the bowl they made–double-walled with supporting ridges inside–would’ve been near impossible to make the old-fashioned way but was a piece of cake to print. Hold onto your good China, grandma–the future is now.