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Incubation Tray – Eat Like What You Eat


The first-course references the incubation period of a typical industrialized-farmed chicken’s experience.

A soup bowl was developed as the Amuse-bouche in the thematic meal. The narrative of this meal puts the diner at the animal’s perspective. With this intension we will start with one egg to make a one-on-one connection. The surface of this bowl was imagined to had an egg-shaped impression. Originally the soup bowl was designed with embed LEDs and a temperature sensor so when the hot soup is poured infront of the diner the bowl illuminates, visually conveying warmth. The technology side was omitted due to the simplicity of the design but this lead me to using a translucent/transparent aesthetic for the surface for the soup bowl. Glass was chosen at the end.

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The one-egg perspective started by carving out the impression in a plaster block.

Visiting BrooklynGlass taught me how to slump glass. What was needed was a ceramic mold in greenware stage. It worked out well since I had access to a ceramic studio at ClaySpace1205. These molds are made from porcelain slip-casting.P1270666-BLOG

Seven molds were made due to the high chance of failure with a one-time glass firing. Before the firing kiln wash is applied to all the molds surface as a mold-release.

The kiln at BrooklynGlass.

Because I was given free glass with unknown technical specifications we didn’t know the correct firing schedule. After the first fire the glass only slumped halfway. A second(emergency) firing was needed.

A retainer for this glass surface was fashioned into a wire basket with chicken-wire detailing.

This is the beginning of the basket.

It was challenging to resolve the corners of this wire basket because the pattern was directional and did not yield a convenient transition. Sketching in 3D helped.

The chicken-wire basket taking shape at ITP.

I also rented a desk space at Brooklyn Metal Works to make the final connections in metal.

This is part of the ‘Eat Like What You Eat’ thesis project. Back to the main page.

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