The Bartlett School of Architecture


Rationalised Ceramic Assemblies

Vanesa Dimitrova

The focus of this project is on the combination of two different manufacturing techniques: clay casting and the bending and deformation of sheet wood. The blending of ceramic tiles and bent wood elements creates new formal opportunities for free-form, ceramic-clad surfaces. These require a rationalisation of complex surface geometry and a negotiation between manufacturing affordances and design intent. The patterning and tessellation of the tiles, as well as their glazing and finishing, create dynamic and gradated spatial effects. The prototype demonstrates these effects and the formal complexity of this technique. 


1. The different stages of the tiles while drying. 
2. The support structure in progress. Wood-bending over the waffle structure. 
3. Gradient glazing test explorations.