Revaluing materials and objects which are always around us.
Enamel in glazing liquid for ceramic is toxic. It means because of it, ceramic can’t be recycled. “Technically, the clay itself is reusable as chamotte, powder of baked clay, but the glassy ingredients of glazing complicate ceramic recycling. Because when they are baked as one, they fuse together. Then the earth is not pure anymore,” – as stated in official website of South Korean designer, Yoon Seok Hyeon who is based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
So, he decided to use natural resin from a tree in far east Asian countries – called Ott, which is traditionally used to varnish woodwares in South Korea.
The natural resin acts as glazing, it doesn’t need to be baked as it just dries out. And when it reacts with heat and be exposed in the high temperature in kilns, it evaporates. From there we can recycle and reuse the materials to make another ceramics.
“Surroundings of everyday life often become a starting point for my design projects. To support and enhance our lives, I observe and analyze them and then try to link them to design, environment, society, and industry,” said the designer in his official website.
The 2019 Best Graduation Project in Design Academy Eindhoven: Ott/A Paradigmatic Ceramic by Yoon Seok Hyeon – has been the 2019 Winner of the René Smeets Award, Design Academy Eindhoven, NL and nominee of 2020 Green Concept Award Nominee, Berlin, DE. Now Yoos Seok Hyeon is continuing his investigation on alternative ceramic materials and techniques for sustainable ceramics.