Shrinking Jug by Dave Hakkens
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Inspired by the fact that porcelain shrinks when you bake it, Eindhoven-based designer Dave Hakkens decided to explore the material with his Shrinking Jug project. What began as a jug made out of various kinds of materials such as pulp, foam, and plaster, ended with a set of thirteen porcelain jugs and one interesting process to get there.

The idea

From the original jug, he made a mold, filled it with porcelain, and baked it. It shrank 14% in the process. From this porcelain model, he made another mold, baked it, and watched it shrink again. He continued the process, noticing that with each step, the jug slowly lost detail.

The original jug

The original and the first porcelain jug

The making of…

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.