Canadian designer Philippe Malouin has been commissioned for Staffordshire ceramics company 1882 Ltd to create a range of ceramics made entirely out of sugar. The “Dunes” Collection of plates and bowls were crafted using an analogue printer built by the designer himself.
The custom-made printer features a box frame and a wooden turntable that is powered by a small motor and controlled by a computer. Grains of sugar fall through a funnel like an hour glass, piling up on the spinning cylinder below to form structures like cylindrical sand dunes.
A silicone negative is created from the resulting shape, then cast in plaster and given to 1882 to produce in bone china. The final bone china pieces retain a sandy texture and have been finished with a matte glaze. More interested in the process of creating the crockery, Malouin was able to create shapes using the printer that would not be possible otherwise.