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Brief Published: 13 Dec 2013

Einat Kirschner: CeraMetal Tableware


Einat Kirschner, a recent industrial design graduate from the Holon Institute of Technology in Israel, combines metal powders and ceramics in a research project called CeraMetal.

Kirschner conducted an investigation during her studies that examined various techniques of pairing the materials, as they both have similar processing methods and heating temperatures. She has demonstrated two processing techniques from her findings in a tableware series of bowls and vessels that possess an organic, yet disruptive feel.

One of her production methods uses iron filings and a magnetic force to draw out sharp and organic shapes, while the second uses melted copper to give the ceramic object an eroded appearance. Corrosion of the iron powder adds a slight orange tint to the all-white collection. “Although they seem fragile to touch, these shapes are strong thanks to the ceramic material,” explains Kirschner.

For more on the power and properties of magnetic materials for use in product, read our Magnetic Potential report. The science of magnetics applied for intriguing experimental and magical results is further examined in our Materials Focus 2015-16 concept, Responsive.