This complex system for reconstruction/development of unique tile designs uses 3D ceramic printing. The technology would allow makers to abandon traditional practices of matrix production, storage and modeling by hand, thus saving all kinds of resources and reducing the cost of the final product. The innovation would help to simplify and personalize the product, making it one of a kind.
Product customization is a challenge in today's tile production, because in traditional practices, the choice is limited by the palette of available matrixes. However, when the 3D ceramic printer is used, it can easily personalize the entire oven - not only choose its colors, as before, but also customize its shape, size, and volume. The method is sustainable and ecological, allowing both to reconstruct old ceramic tiles and to design new ones.
Rokas Dovydėnas is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and curator. He received a PhD in Art from the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2020, and currently is a lecturer at Mykolas Romeris University and VDA. His works draw from cultural experiences and personal memories, and his creative interests range from design and visual art to applied ceramics and installations. The artist is conceptually interested in the tradition of Eastern ceramics, its centuries-old history of imitation and technologies (e.g., treating locally-sourced clay to make it look similar to Chinese porcelain).