The work of designer Ruben Hoogvliet uncovers new ideas about contemporary crafts and material design. Driven by experiment, his project the Gravity Collection started with rethinking ceramic crafts. Fascinated by liquid clay and its fluidity. He discovered techniques that would allow him to work more spontaneously and sculptural without the interference of plaster moulds. During this process he developed an alternative method into an innovative craft. Where he dips light moist absorbing structures into liquid clay whereafter they are hang-dried. These structures then completely deform under the weight of the added clay. In this process, gravity always has the final say. This makes the process a continuous back and forth between the natural force and his creative interventions, a fusion of the unexpected and the controllable.

 

The making process of the work requires a completely different set of tools than what is normally used in a ceramic workshop. Armed with needles, threads, clamps and hanging frames, he creates his product/sculptures. Without forcing a shape into the material, he conducts a dialogue with materials he works with. The objects that he makes, he refers to as `long events`. he is Fascinated by the way an event transforms into an object.

 

 

The Gravity Collection

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THE GRAVITY COLLECTION

The work of designer Ruben Hoogvliet uncovers new ideas about contemporary crafts and material design. Driven by experiment, his project the Gravity Collection started with rethinking ceramic crafts. Fascinated by liquid clay and its fluidity. He discovered techniques that would allow him to work more spontaneously and sculptural without the interference of plaster moulds. During this process he developed an alternative method into an innovative craft. Where he dips light moist absorbing structures into liquid clay whereafter they are hang-dried. These structures then completely deform under the weight of the added clay. In this process, gravity always has the final say. This makes the process a continuous back and forth between the natural force and his creative interventions, a fusion of the unexpected and the controllable.

 

The making process of the work requires a completely different set of tools than what is normally used in a ceramic workshop. Armed with needles, threads, clamps and hanging frames, he creates his product/sculptures. Without forcing a shape into the material, he conducts a dialogue with materials he works with. The objects that he makes, he refers to as `long events`. he is Fascinated by the way an event transforms into an object.