Italy / United Kingdom
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" Ceramics for the Anthropocene "
( above: local clays, left: final artwork, right: production detail )
200 cm circumference, 4 cm depth
Locally sourced and refined clays from 5 selected locations, industrial clay,
locally sourced and industrial chamottes (1 to 8mm diameter), transparent glaze.
The shape is parametrically designed based on data collected at the University of Genova - Engineering Department,
the base is hand-crafted, the radial detail in the centre of the piece is robotically printed with asymmetric nozzles.
Francesca Perona is a London-based design researcher specialised in materials R&D.
Her work aims to challenge our understanding and use of material technologies through a multi-disciplinary approach.
By nurturing collaboration between design, crafts, digital technologies and scientific disciplines,
Francesca’s projects seek to envision more innovative,
expressive and sustainable approaches to materials.
In Ceramics for the Anthropocene, an interdisciplinary team of traditional ceramicists,
computational architects, environmental engineers and ceramics historians was brought together
to reflect on clay as raw material resource, symbol of local historical heritage and future craft medium.
The project aimed to rediscover the material’s regional cultural significance
and to unleash clay's innate expressive power through the integration of hyper-local crafts
and computational technologies.
above: Francesca Perona
left: Andrea Venturini
right: Andrea Venturini