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Tall Green Bloom Urn, 2012

This is a urn. It was designed by Michael Eden. It is dated 2012 and we acquired it in 2013. Its medium is 3d-printed nylon. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Michael Eden, an important British studio ceramicist who spent over 20 years creating a variety of traditionally-fired ceramic forms—predominantly in slip cast earthenware—turned his attention to ceramic-inspired rapid-prototyped (3D-printed) objects in 2006. He was excited by the possibilities the process held for ceramic design beyond the cosntraints of conventional manufacturing. While at the Royal College of Art in London, he saw the potential for CAD drawing to realize designs that could not be made by hand and that could redefine the creative process. His exploration of new processes resulted in a piece called The Wedgwoodn’t Tureen.
The Wedgwoodn’t Tureen, which draws a correlation between the future of ceramic design and Josiah Wedgwood’s role at a pivotal moment in the first wave of industrialized ceramic manufacturing in the late 18th century, is a demonstration of rapid prototyping’s circumvention of the material and technical limitations of ceramics. It is from the success of this initial piece that Tall Green Bloom developed. Eden describes these new works as the beginning of “a new ceramic language... where the pre-industrial craft meets post-industrial manufacturing.”[1]
Tall Green Bloom, created using additive manufacturing (3D printing), is part of a series based on iconic ceramic objects from the first industrial revolution; Eden intentionally creates complex structures in bright colors that would be impossible to produce with traditional ceramic techniques and materials. Eden's use of 3D-printing technology demonstrates a strong, clear voice speaking to the world in the new ceramic language of his own invention.

This object was purchased from Adrian Sassoon and purchased with funds from: Elizabeth Ainslie and Lee Ainslie and fund: General Acquisitions Endowment. It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 41 x 18 cm (16 1/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Tall Green Bloom Urn, 2012; Designed by Michael Eden (English, b. 1955); England; 3d-printed nylon; H x W: 41 x 18 cm (16 1/8 x 7 1/16 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie and from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund; 2013-53-1

We have 2 videos that feature Tall Green Bloom Urn, 2012.

Rotating View of Tall Green Bloom

A screen capture of the urn being rotated in Rhinoceros 3D, a type of 3D modeling software.

In addition to Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color, this object was previously on display as part of the exhibition Making Design.

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