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Brief Published: 9 Jul 2012

Emile De Visscher: Pearling Project


The Pearling Project, developed by London-based designer Emile De Visscher, is a coating technique that recreates the process that makes pearls. The project was seen at London’s Royal College of Art graduate show in June.

On show were various objects with a pearlescent coating, from a plate to more complex shapes such as a crystal. The coating has similar properties to nacre – the substance that makes up pearls – and is also light and resilient.

Each object has been repeatedly dipped into the solution, and the process can be seen in the video below. The machine that Visscher has constructed for this process is based on the idea of a clock. It repeatedly dips the object to build up the nacre-like coating, replicating the slow process that creates a pearl.

Emile De Visscher