EPITHEL

 
The fascinating shell matrix of the oysters build their so-called epithelial cells. These excrete calcium carbonate and conchiolin in various formulations; two materials whose synthesis form the resistant shell. Analogously to this phenomenon, traditional ceramic processes and the new, generative technology of 3D printing give two waste materials a meaningful recycling at the same time: The lime from oyster shells and ceramic fractures, which in combination show unexpected, formal-aesthetic as well as haptic qualities.
 
The chalk of the shells forms, fired to calcium oxide, the main component of the developed glazes, which result in a wide spectrum of shades due to the different compositions of the raw material. The oyster-shell-based glazes create an optical and haptic contrast to the built up surface structures of the printed material synthesis.
 
With the objects shown, the project Epithel brings the beauty of the two waste materials to an aesthetic level and gives them a second and sustainable chance to live.

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