An industrial process seeks to create the same, day in, day out, in order to produce reliable, quality tested products. Some people mistake our 3d printing process as an industrial process, that we can press ‘print’ and walk away. However, the truth is that we need to nurse the machine through its printing process.
3D printing is a deliberate layering process which translates given data into physical form. However, the limitations with printing clay are numerous: the clay cannot support sharp angles or overhangs; the extrusion process never stops, so objects need be designed in one ‘coil’; and the slurry mix is unstable and inconsistent, requiring constant attention to ensure a uniform print. Errors in these calculations ultimately result in sudden disheartening implosions. However, it’s these collapsed objects which we love, because they achieve an end result which is impossible to replicate- they are ultimately beautiful failures.
From our large catalogue of failed prints, we created a taxonomy of collapse. Some fall in; some fall out; some twist; some buckle but hold another part upright; and some completely flatten. Through failure they take on a more dynamic form, which is both unprintable and (near) impossible reprint. But, through dissecting the structures which led to the collapse, we can now plan its construction and destruction. We create forms that can just hold themselves when wet, and are frozen in time when fired. Thus a semi industrial process creates individual objects, which are ultimately engineered to create the perfect collapse.