Cappuccino Set (Porcelain Cup and Saucer) by Etienne Carignan
2010 - 2011, Silver A' Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Award Winner
Most of my inspiration came from looking at natural shapes such as leaves and exotic plants. I wanted to translate the line fluidity found in nature into a desirable glossy porcelain piece.
A cappuccino cup and saucer set with a unique, distinguished and eye-catching design for coffee breaks. The idea behind this project was to create a desirable, high quality product that would reflect local craftsmanship excellence with design sensitivity. Each piece is made of hand molded porcelain in a local Montreal ceramic workshop. The cappuccino set features a 6oz. cup with a minimalist straight handle and an interesting saucer with a define cup placement area and dimensions to allow snack space. The cups and saucers are stackable and design to fit most standard espresso machines
Design Challenges
Many fabrication challenges had to be overcome to consent the wanted design. The biggest difficulty met during this product development was the molding difficulties to fabricate a cup with an integrated handle. The ceramist technique had to be carefully dissected and applied in order to find the appropriate cup wall thickness and avoid pieces deformation during the finishing and the cooking process. We had to adjust the porcelain composition and pieces’ drying time to find the perfect combination for good strength and minimal heat deformations.
Production Technology
A wood model for each piece was made by CNC to cast a first prototype mold. The final products are made of porcelain cooked at 1250°C, each piece is handcrafted in plaster molds and is one of a kind with all the beauty and irregularity of a handcrafted product. The ceramist carefully sands and treats each piece to match the design and to assure high structural and surface quality. The final result is a glossy, smooth and easy to clean finish that is microwave and dishwasher safe.
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