Designed in Beijing and produced in Jingdezhen, China, this yellow Tea Pot is a modern, and interpretive adaptation of the formal elements found in traditional vessels from the Yuan and Song Dynasties, and reflects the enormous power of orthographic drawing, as a communication tool. While studying at the ceramic design for industry department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, I worked with skilled craftsmen through every stage of the ceramic process from design to production.
Working primarily with a 3-D printer, my aim was to explore several different systems of modular jointer. This project was fueled by an impending move to the west coast and the uncertainty of living accommodations, which became the driving force behind finding highly modular joints that, by design, could change, depending on the physical limitations of the space.
Designed in Beijing and produced in Jingdezhen, China, the iconic Japanese soy sauce ewer was the inspiration for the Morning Milk Creamer and Bowl. Taking the iconography of a soy sauce ewer, I transcribed it onto an application culturally closer to the creamer.
This redesigned object is the everyday dustpan and brush. The assigned word imparted and conveyed onto the object is “fragile.” Generally defined through a relationship rather than through objective measurements, fragile can be defined as both strong as well as delicate. For example, a butterfly’s wing is delicate to the hand, but sturdy and durable in flight. A house provides stable shelter against the elements, but is breakable against the strength of a powerful tornado. Understanding this duality, the redesigned brush is an extension of the hand and is both durable as well as fragile. User interaction with both the dustpan and the brush increases the awareness of both the force and impact, giving the user greater control and ease of use.