Pixel Mould by Julian Bond


Design graduate Julian Bond of the Royal College of Art has created a moulding machine to produce vases, each with its own unique design.

Called Pixel Mould, the machine produces vessels using a single mould made up of over 1300 individual plaster sticks.

The sticks can be individually reconfigured to create unique moulds.

Clay is poured into the mould, fired and glazed to create the final product.

The vases are created using a traditional slip casting technique, which usually uses fixed moulds, however this machine allows users to create their own one-off designs.

See a selection of this year's graduate work in our special category.

Here's a bit of text from the designer:

Pixel casting machine 2, 2010.

Pixel vases are produced using a mould that is made up of over 1300 individual plaster sticks, which are moved individually to form unique moulds, unlike a normal slip casting mould which is fixed.

Once the user is happy with the design, clay slip is poured into the mould to create the final object.

The clay is then fired and glazed. The objects can take many forms but are all related due to the technique that is used to produce them.

This project was about giving anyone the ability to engage with the slip casting technique and allowing them to create a one off design.

The machine is designed to engage with the user allowing them to understand the form they are creating.

This is a rapid manufacturing tool, not rapid prototyping, each piece that is made can be used as a final product.

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Alexis Themistocleous
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Posted on Monday July 5th 2010 at 2:09 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • nnn

    wow…endless pixelated possibilities :)

  • nnn

    why did that happy face get so big???

  • well actually I like the process that they used, very interesting and the result it’s great, but, do everybody have to name pixel to these kind of work, try something else, pixel it’s overused, they destroy one that can be an interesting project with these kind of uncreative. “pixel”,,, stop with it…. but steel a great project.

  • Antonia

    Better than iMould…

  • maharapa

    I think its a very interesting concept and process, but I wonder if its possible to switch the textures inside out? because I feel the fluid interior surface is far more beautiful than the pixels.

  • karl

    the last “techno pants” vase is super cool.

  • Realy smart!

  • bo

    Koolhaas would really love this.

  • Reply to maharapa:

    Thanks for the comments. I did spend a long time thinking of a way to get the texture inside, outside. There is a way to do it but the mould would not have been as flexible. I have made some which I have then cut in half in order to see the texture. Thanks JFB

  • plasticman
  • Reply to Plasticman:

    Re: “Reconfigurable pin-type tooling” – I played around with the idea too whilst at the RCA in 1995.

    However, it seems like the idea is a tad older than us lot… circa 1863 in fact !
    http://www.cadanda.com/V1Nos1to4_12.pdf (as cited in Time Compression Technologies magazine July 2005.

    But slip casting ceramic this way is new to me, and the results are great!

  • ronald

    Original? See also pixel machine and joutube pixel machine. http://www.atelier-rm.com flickr pictures by Ronald Meulman pixel machine 2007

    • you're right
      this pixelmachine is a look-a-like from your design from 2005!