With Shaping Fluid, Christina Schou Christensen looks at ceramic glazes – normally used as a protective or ornamental finish for earthenware – from a new perspective. Christensen says that firing is a crucial step in the creative process: ‘With its unpredictable results, it acts as a sort of drafting process. The kiln, firing tools, ceramics, temperature and melting point of the glaze are like drafting tools that reveal new possibilities.’

Shaping Fluid was included in our Salone del Mobile 2013 coverage under the theme of 'Making It Yourself'. 'The younger generation of designers isn’t sitting back and waiting for a manufacturer to come along. They make things happen themselves.’ This is what Sam Hecht of Industrial Facility had to say when we bumped into him at the ceremony for the Lexus Design Award, for which Hecht mentored selected entrants.

The up-and-comers are indeed using their innovative nous to make the machines that make the products (rather than just focusing on the end result) or using materials in ways that they alone can control. They’re skipping corporate design politics and zooming in on the making process. The question is whether the lack of refined industrial methods will still yield quality results.

To see the full story, which includes the other themes we uncovered at the fair, grab a copy of Frame 93 now. 

Photos Bo Johannsen