During Milan Design Week, ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne presented Hot Tools at Spazio Orso 16 – showing the results of a new approach to glass blowing.
The pieces on show were the result of experiments and research by second year students of the MA Product Design programme, led by Alexis Georgacopoulos.
The students went to visit the workshop of glassmaker Matteo Gonet in Basle, where they were shown the traditional techniques of glass blowing, casting and kiln-forming.
The project was led by designer Ronan Bouroullec who explanied that ‘students had to design and produce tools and utensils and invent scenarios that would create an interesting effect in Matteo’s artisanal glass-making process. We had five days to create a successful test palette.’
For Matteo Gonet found the workshop sessions intense, animated and successful noting: ‘Tools made by students themselves took the form of wooden moulds, stones, glass and copper powder, leather… This approach is really very interesting!
Image credits: photogarphy by Nicolas Genta.