Students from the 5th semester. Study programs: Architecture, Art and Design (Weimar), Geotechnology, (Applied) Geosciences, Mineralogy, Materials/Materials Science.
Colored glaze for architectural ceramics
Creating own recipes for glaze by experimenting with resources followed by the production of individual samples.
Architectural ceramics is one of the oldest building materials. The seminar explores the creative potential of coloured glaze for ceramics and their utilisation both in the interior and the exterior space.
Due to the coating with glaze, architectural ceramics differ significantly from all other building materials. Glaze can show an infinite number of colour shades and textures which endures due to its resistance to light. Thus, architectural ceramics are particularly suitable for covering facades as well as indoor design. During the economic zenith of architectural ceramics each stove factory had developed its very own and unique recipes most of which got lost due to the industrial revolution. Current industrial glazes are reduced to the homogeneous palettes of very few producers
That is where the seminar sets in. Glaze recipes will be designed that contradict the monotonous colour palette of the industry and which reintroduce diversity into the process. With this approach the workshop makes uniqueness its central theme. To give insight into the materiality of glaze, the seminar starts off with introductory lectures on chemical and architectural views. In context of a series of experiments students will research the natural resources for characteristics of imperfection or singularity. The discovered substances are evaluated based on their potential for colour and texture with the objective to reintroduce chance and uncertainty. Various design concepts will be developed on the basis of the identified natural resources and their characteristics in interdisciplinary teams (students of architecture, design and geochemistry). Each team will create own ideas for recipes using design as well as chemical knowledge. The recipes will be practically examined in a series of firing tests. The newly designed recipes will be precisely documented, prepared and applied on samples. Students learn how application techniques can impact the final outcome of the product. In a number of firings at the oven the formulas are tested and further refined since the process of firing is an essential yet unpredictable part of vitrifying the natural resources into glaze.
At the end of the seminar each group will have developed an approach on colouring architectural ceramics. A variety of distinct samples will have been produced that illustrate the story and process of each experimental series. In a concluding exhibition not only the final pieces will be shown but the whole series will be exhibited. The seminar sets on a particular sensitisation for the design potential of surface finishing for architectural ceramics and therefore building materials in general.
Franziska Käuferle born 1986 in Aichach, Germany
2018 - Worked in the family's own architectural practice
2013 - 2017 Collaboration with Bruno Fioretti Marquez Architects in Berlin
2014 - 2017 Master of Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin
2009 - 2013 Bachelor of Architecture at the Technical University of Munich and Artesis Antwerp
Stefano D’Elia born 1981 in Venice, Italy
2018 Foundation Stefano D’Elia Architecture in Brunico, Italy
2016 - 2018 Collaboration with EM2 Architecture in Brunico, Italy
2012 - 2016 Collaboration with Bruno Fioretti Marquez in Berlin
2008 - 2011 Master of Architecture at the IUAV University of Venice
2010 Study abroad at the UAL University of Lisbon
2005 - 2008 Bachelor of Architecture at the IUAV University of Venice
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Please submit until 01.05.22 the following documents:.
- Motivation letter
3. Selection Process
All applicants will receive notification about the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.
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A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.
The course fee is 700 EURO.
The course fee includes:
- Orientation & Support
- Programme according to description
- Teaching materials
- Bauhaus Summer School ID card
- Internet access at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
- Free use of library
- Accompanying programme (except excursions)
- Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar
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