Walk on Ceramics in a Ceramics Shop
Ceramics are seen as fragile objects that should be handled with care. You definitely should not step on them. Ironically, a ceramics shop in Japan created a platform out of ceramic tableware in their showroom. It is made up of 25,000 pieces of discarded ceramics. The cups, bowl, and plates on display are all white and boring colored, because they were thrown out by local ceramics creators for imperfections in the first quality control test before coloring was applied.
Then comes the question of is this safe? How do the cups stay together? It’s not literally just stacking cups together. The designer, Yusuke Seki, filled each cup and bowl with concrete. Now that is safe. When the filled ceramics are stacked, it is no different than stacking bricks together. In fact, actual bricks were used for this installation. A mini brick staircase was created to walk up to the platform. Why didn’t Seki create a staircase from ceramics too?
After realizing that the platform is supported with concrete, the platform seems less interesting. When I first heard of walking on ceramics, I imagined customers tiptoeing across the showroom like acrobats. It would be nice to know what criteria was used when removing ceramics during QC though. But again, the ceramics serve no purpose in handling weight when they are filled with cement. It’s amazing when you think about how something simple (concrete platform) can become the center of attention with the addition of a different exterior (ceramics).
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