The possibility of transforming a rigid material like ceramics into a textile surface opens up new scope for the future. Justina Monceviciute makes this possible with her project “Claything” and presents traditional craft s in a new context.

Beading, weaving and knitting are centuries-old textile technologies based on logical arrays. By crossing, knotting and weaving threads textile surfaces are created. For her project “Claything“ the designer Justina Monceviciute uses clay pearls that she subsequently joins to form a surface using a special knotting technique in conjunction with stretch yarns. This technique gives the ceramic pearls new dynamism and suppleness while retaining their stability. “Claything” extends the possible applications for clay thereby allowing ceramics to be integrated into fashion & interior design as well as architecture.

Clay is a natural, environmentally friendly material with many positive characteristics. When burnt it is very strong, resistant to high temperatures and easy to recycle after use. Since the clay pearls are handmade they differ in shape, size and colour. The designer’s vision is to challenge the industry to re-produce the look and feel of handcraft ed products with mass production technologies in future.

At present, Justine Monceviciute is working on new material compositions capable of improving indoor micro-climate. Her idea is to create ceramic objects that contribute to cooling rooms without a motor/engine or external source of energy. With this in mind the designer analyses the original material and experiments with pottery making and 3D printing techniques. Although clay has been used for millennia already its potential is far from being completely exhausted.