clay speakers clay speakers
feb 25, 2010

clay speakers

‘mapuguaquén’ by chilean designer pablo ocqueteau was recently shortlisted in the designboom / macef competition ‘the intelligent hand’.

‘mapuguaquén’

the identity of chilean design is far from big-name brands and their large industrial factories. it is a country whose traditions and cultural identity are still prominent through the craft-worker’s hands, whose techniques were taught from masters. ‘mapuguaquén’ (mapudungun for ‘sound of the earth’) are speakers which are made from clay and have been formed on a potter’s wheel. it was developed as a proposal to rescue this manufacturing tradition, respecting local identity, but still keeping in mind current contemporary needs.

‘mapuguaquén’ ready to be fired in the kiln

inside the workshop

  • surprised with myself, but I actually really like these

    nice says:
  • well, i like how speakers look, but wouldn’t the clay just break into pieces with touch of nasty base music ?

    kau lau says:
  • These are really nice 🙂 Would be great in park gardens/personal gardens!

    Carly says:
  • i really love their looks but am wondering the same as kau lau.

    darwin says:
  • Well, clay makes good drums & various other instruments so speakers should be fine. I like them.

    Jono says:
  • The strength will depend on how high they are fired. If they are stoneware (1280 deg C) they should be fine. Earthenware – I doubt it.

    Amanda says:
  • These look like stoneware and should last a lifetime, and would sound good as well. I think it’s a great idea, especially for an outdoor deck. I’d love to have a set of these. A potter could even make lids that cover the speakers and keep them out of the weather when not in use.

    John G says:
  • I would definitely have to hear the reproduction of the speakers. One would think that with one hole for the reverb to emerge from within could be modulated by having different size and number of holes. Guess they were tested d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Great idea, and completely environmentally friendly. 0 impact to the environment, apart from the speaker itself…

    minimarc says:
  • those speakers dont look like they would pump out to much bass, so i think the structural integrity of the housing would be alright. Should hit up my old girl and she if she will make me some 🙂 Love the design. very suave

    Jack Stone says:
  • esta padrisima la idea un 10 de calificacion total

    Fernando Zarate says:
  • Absolutely useless if you want a decent sound. Clay pots are no good for this for a lot of reasons. Mainly a speaker enclosure has to be non-resonant, just the opposite to an acoustic musical instrument body.

    don klatt says:
  • but it cant be that great sound….course clar got all to much resonance….try to hit it with genthly with a spoon……and listen how it “sings”……thats what you DONT need in a loudspeaker….

    kristian Kjær Moe says:
  • Amazing…

    Israel says:
  • They look unusual and very cool, but I wonder like others if the sound would be that great due to the resonance of the clay body. Interesting design though. Congrats, Paplo.

    Jurgs of Jam says:

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