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Handmade: Floris Wubben, Extruded Vases

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This week for her handmade column, Katie Treggiden speaks to pioneering potter Floris Wubben about his extruded ceramics.

Handmade Floris Wubben

“Design has always been a part of my life. When I was young I liked to make things and I had a good imagination. In the fourth year of secondary school I discovered design though exhibitions. I wanted to complete my studies abroad, so I choose a course called Interior and Design at the Thomas Moore Acadamy in Mechelen, Belgium. From the moment I started, I knew I wanted to be a product designer.”

Handmade Floris Wubben

“I have always wanted to make a machine. I saw a lot of other designers doing this before me, then I saw a picture of children playing with a Play-Doh machine. That’s what triggered the idea for the Pressing Machine.”

Handmade Floris Wubben

“I designed the process first, the vases where the next step. The machine is the designer in this process. But designing the machine was just as intense as designing vases! The process dictated the material. We have also pressed objects with epoxy-clay. But natural clay gives us more options with the aesthetic and the construction.”

Handmade Floris Wubben

“Machines are becoming less and less dependent on humans to manufacture products. As a result, the human touch is disappearing from almost all the products we use in day-to-day life. Because we use a machine and the hand in the Pressing Process, you can see that a Pressed Vase is not created by hand, but you can also see that a human touch has been involved. This combination produces an interesting contrast.”

Handmade Floris Wubben

“The shape of the vase is a surprise every time. I never know what kind of vase will come out of the extruding profile. Sometimes the most ordinary Extrusion Profiles create the most special vases. The uncertainty is one of the most important parts of the whole project, it’s what makes every vase unique. The profiles themselves are inspired by a diverse range of things from nature to Greek antiquity.”

Handmade Floris Wubben

“My favourite part of the process is the moment when the vase comes out of the oven. Every time I open the oven it’s like opening a treasure.”

Handmade Floris Wubben

“Understanding the making process is an important part of understanding the product. When you know how pa roduct has been created, you look at it in a different way. Especially in the case of the Pressed Project, the process behind the vases is just as important as the vases themselves.”

Handmade Floris Wubben

“Traditional potters have mostly reacted positively, but there have been bad reactions. Pottery is a very old craft. Some potters say that the Pressed Project isn’t a valid method of creating objects with ceramics. But when they say this, I feel very proud – it’s the responsibility of designers to break old fashion habits and visions.”

Handmade Floris Wubben

“Handmade products will always exist, but maybe in a different way than we are used to now. People are always for products at a lower cost. This means that more machines a getting involved in creating them. But if we search for ways to combine traditional crafts with machines, we can combine the benefits of each process.”

Handmade Floris Wubben

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