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About the project
Rok Oblak completed his undergraduate studies of Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana and later obtained his MA in Applied Arts program at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, BC, Canada. His masters project ‘Holey Roket – open source vernacular design’ won a gold medal award at BIO19 as well as Canadian Governor General gold medal for special academic achievement. He currently works in Ljubljana, where he established Salto Dionys, a micro craft enterprise for projects in ceramics, wood and various biocomposite materials. He occasionally runs DIT workshops and organizes pop-up shops for talented local craft designers.
The project investigates the production of ceramic glazes made of construction waste. The goal of the project is to develop and test the glaze for commercial use.
The project represents a continuation of ‘KRATER kup’ project, where ceramic cups are made of clay found in a construction pit in Ljubljana city center, but the glazing consisted of industrially made white glaze. The next step is to develop a glaze from the same environment that follows the idea of ‘wild’ materials, but this time the construction waste is used as a resource material. The goal is to develop a high-quality glaze, fired at stoneware temperature – 1220 degrees celsius. Second part of the project consists of testing and registering the glaze in an official institution, making the wild, raw material available for commercial use also for other ceramicists. A larger volume of the glaze material will be prepared and stored adequately.