benjamin hubert manipulates ceramic manufacturing in seams collection
all images courtesy of benjamin hubert
‘seams’ is a collection of five large ceramic centerpieces by UK design studio benjamin hubert ltd, created in collaboration with italian ceramic manufacturer bitossi ceramiche. the project stems from research on mass-produced products with one-off details, by manipulating a traditional ceramic manufacturing process. slip casting was explored to establish how it could be utilized to introduce decorative elements into the objects, without a secondary step.
the mould used has been split several times, introducing additional seam lines onto the surface of the material. rather than cleaning these ridges, they have been left visible in the condition which they originally emerged from the kiln. the components of the form can be rotated to various positions for each piece produced, meaning that no two are identical.
overview of the ‘seams’ collection
each of the vessels takes its shape from archetypal jar and bottle, referencing ceramic traditions. the colors and matte glazes are sympathetic to the forms, and keep the focus on the decorative seam elements.
the bottles and jars reference traditional ceramic forms
a slip casting process was used
the mould is split several times to create additional seam lines
the seams remain a feature and vary each time
different forms and colors are produced