A new technology developed by Penn State researchers, called Cold Sintering Process (CSP), has opened a window on the ability to combine incompatible materials, such as ceramics and plastics, into new, useful compound materials, and to lower the energy cost of many types of manufacturing.
Ceramics is the oldest known man-made material, dating back tens of thousands of years. Throughout that time most all ceramics have been made by heating them to high temperatures, either by firing in kilns or sintering ceramic powders in furnaces, both of which require large amounts of energy.“In this day and age, when we have to be incredibly conscious of the CO2 budget, the energy budget, rethinking many of our manufacturing processes, including ceramics, becomes absolutely vital,” said Clive Randall, professor of materials science and engineering at Penn State who developed the process with his team. “Not only is it a low temperature process (room temperature up to 200 degrees Celsius), but we are also densifying some materials to over 95 percent of their theoretical density in 15 minutes. We can now make a ceramic faster than you can bake a pizza, and at lower temperatures.”
French artist Juliette Clovis produces hybrid works that merge nature, history, and myth with the
female form, covering simple porcelain busts in wildlife, flora, and
spikes. Her additions are either painted on or applied to mask the face,
obscuring features like abnormal growths. These ambiguous females
question the power that is split between humans and nature, toeing a
line between being gentle and unnerving. You can see more images of
Clovis’ porcelain three-dimensional forms on her Instagram and website.
Insanely Adorable Ceramic Planters by Priscilla Ramos
São Paulo-based ceramicist Priscilla Ramoshas created a range of adorable and cute handmade planters for your home. Featuring a range of critters, including a whale, cat and even a sloth, each piece is made from stoneware. Find her entire collection in her Etsy shop.