Phil Cuttance has created an elegant tool to make a series of faceted forms resembling digitally optimized products. Take a look at the mesmerizing video which shows the works being produced and soak in the refined process and beautiful results.
The FACETURE series consists of handmade faceted vessels, light-shades
and table. Each object is produced individually by casting a water-based
resin into a simple handmade mould. The mould is then manually
manipulated to create the each object’s form before each casting, making
every piece utterly unique.
The FACETURE process
First the mould of the object is hand-made by scoring and cutting a
sheet of 0.5mm plastic sheet. This sheet is then folded, cut and taped
into the overall shape of the product that is to be cast. The mould’s
final shape, and strength, is dictated by which triangular facets I pop
in and out. I do this each time I ready the mould for the next object,
meaning that no two castings are the same. I then mix a water-based
casting resin that is cast in the mould where it sets solid.
The resin is poured into the hollow mould and rolled around to coat
and encase the sides, controlled by me on the casting jig on the
machine. The material soon sets creating a hollow solid object. Then
another, different coloured measure of resin is poured into the same
mould, and swirled around inside, over the first. When it has set, the
mould is removed to reveal the solid set cast piece. The casting appears
with sharp accurate lines and a digital quality to its aesthetic, a
visual ‘surprise’ considering the ‘lo-fi’, hand-made process from which
it came. The mould is then cleaned and ready for re-use.
Each vase is handmade, unique, and numbered on the base.