Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Delft Blue


Tessa Blokland  


I was feeling blue this week. Not so much in a depressed way, but rather in an uplifting mood, because of the fantastic projects I have collected for this week’s blog pick with the typical color of Delft Blue. It is the combination of the traditional handpainted craft of Delft Blue and the relatively new technology of 3D printing which I like a lot. Both crafts enhance each other and to me, it shows that 3D printing will never replace the already existing crafts but rather complement the traditional ones.

The first nice example is these 3D printed hand-painted Delft Blue houses by Amsterdam based Local Makers. The idea behind this concept is that you can upload your own house (or any building you like) within certain parameters. After 3D printing and sanding the house is hand-painted in the typical Dutch Delft Blue color. The process takes about 2 days and gives each supporter of the 2017-Kickstarter campaign their own, customized miniature of home. Too bad this campaign is over.

In 2018, Dutch designer and DAE alumnus Olivier van Herpt created really breathtaking blue and white 3D printed porcelain vessels. First cobalt pigment was mixed by hand with the clay body before being inserted in the extruder of the 3D printer. The radial gradient color pattern is a result of a consistent flow of material in fine layers of clay by the 3D printer.

The 3D printed Delft Blue ring you see here in this pick is designed by Dutch artist Elleke van Gorsel. Like the above-mentioned 3D printed houses, Van Gorsel 3D printed the ring and hand-dyed it with Delft Blue. Because of the hand painting, each design gets a personal touch and none is the same. You can buy this ring and other 3D printed designs on her website.

In 2016, Van Herpt was commissioned by the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag to make a contemporary porcelain piece. To celebrate delftware, the designer 3D printed 14 stackable porcelain pieces mixed with cobalt pigment to evoke a new interpretation of delftware. The result is a 3D printed porcelain flower pyramid, adorning a Dutch delftware flower pyramid base dating from the 17th century. The piece remains in the permanent collection of the museum and is called Arcanum. This video shows the production process of the piece.

The last 3D printed project with Delft Blue is called New Delft Blue and is designed and 3D printed by Dutch construction design firm Studio RAP. The gates are located in the Dutch city of Delft, famous for its world-famous decorative qualities and design vocabulary of Delft Blue porcelain. The tiles cladding the gates are 3D printed in a 3D pattern and show the architectural potential of ceramics and ornament. The fusion of 3D clay printing, computational design, and artisanal glazing is just amazing (also top image) and shows a new level of innovation of traditional crafts and new technologies.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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