Imperfect 3D printed ceramics by Steffen Hartwig

Using a self-designed ceramic 3D printer, extruder, and software system, Steffen Hartwig’s 3D printed pieces are imbued with intentional imperfections, resulting in ambiguous yet alluring artifacts that carry the trace of ceramic’s handcrafted roots.  While many advances in ceramic 3D printing today are focused on creating stronger, more technically precise objects than what was previously possible to make by hand, Hartwig’s work stands apart.

To create these kind of ceramics, Hartwig began with parametric design, an algorithmic process used in engineering.

“Aesthetically, I am driven by the beauty and new things that emerge from imperfections, errors or randomness”.