Klein Research-vase1

Klein Research | Vase 1

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In 1882, Felix Klein (1849-1925) imagined combining two Moebius strips to create a single sided bottle with no boundary. This creates a volume where the interior and the exterior are one continuous surface. No inside and no outside. It contains itself, basically. My interest in containers and in ceramic objects as well as in containment as a concept, is informed by nearly 40 years of working in ceramics, mostly as a potter, as a maker of functional and decorative pottery forms, made by hand or using other analog processes. The Klein bottle concept seemed to be an ideal form to begin the present investigation. The problem consists in creating a ceramic form with a ceramic surface that both could only be made using Computer Assisted Design (CAD) and Computer Assisted Modeling (CAM) technologies.

Klein Vase video

Klein Research-vase2

Klein Research | Vase 2


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At first, simple sketches on paper were made to investigate this potential of transforming the basic concept of the Klein bottle into ceramic forms and objects, here a vase.

Klein Research-vase3

Klein Research | Vase 3


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From the experience of the cup, it was decided to double the handles so there would be a symmetrical pair, one on each side of the vase form. By elongating the cup form and adding these handles, it became a vase form, at first based on circles, cones and tubes.

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Klein Research | Vase 4


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Subsequently, this vase form is redesigned around pyramids and triangular tubing with three openings and three handles, so that it would present an even more mechanically precise, perfect and logical shape, reinforcing the complex digital design process. By eventually repositioning the interior tubing at the top, the previous engineering problem found in the cup and concerning the containment of a liquid and the potential function of the form is also resolved.

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Klein Research | Vase 6


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Triangular and pyramidal 2D and 3D designs are added to the vase, following the principles of the “Sierpinsky carpet” and the “Menger sponge”, forms within forms, endlessly, to create a complex surface and texture covering the object.

Klein Vase video