The Skin of Porcelain

Porcelain h 9. 4 cm x 24 cm x 29 cm; MDF panels, beech,  h 135 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm, 2013

Installation exploring the haptic dimension of porcelain’s surface, fostering experience based design. I experimented with surface structures by creating different porcelain tiles, testing how blind and seeing people would perceive them. Five selected textures were recreated in a designed form with various possibilities for touching and handling it. Being hidden from sight in boxes, a tactile exploration of these shapes and their respective surface is encouraged. In an age of increasing estrangement from manual skills my work aims at restoring a relationship with our own corporality and the physicalness of things by means of touch. 

Degree Project at the Faculty of Design & Arts, Free University of Bolzano, Italy

Photos © Curzio Castellan