Critical Making Part 2

(Continued from Critical Making part 1)

I continued to make different ceramic dish shapes.  This helped me work out what shape to choose for the final design.



I drew my first design using Rhino 3D then had the dish design made on the 3D printer:


We decided on the dish design I had made in Rhino and began by making a mould of the shape.





These moulds are almost ready to be used to make ceramic dishes.

I had been developing some knitted jewellery samples taking inspiration from Yoko Izawa.

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I hand crafted some white earthenware beads. I found out that white earthenware remains porous when it has been biscuit fired. I added some drops of essential oils on to the fired beads. The beads held the aroma well.  I also added some gold leaf

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and really liked the result. After some  experimenting I made a string of ceramic scented beads enclosed inside a wire knitted tube.

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The heat from the body helps the essential oil aroma to be diffused so the benefits can be absorbed by the body via the sensitive cells in the nose.

The ceramic dish was to be used to unite the personal aroma jewellery with the home environment enabling the essential oils to be released into the home when the jewellery was place in the dish. We felt that to create a functional diffuser that would release the powerful and beneficial essential oil aromas we would need to add heat to the device to aid the diffussion of the essential oils from the jewellery.
Experimenting with a heat pad and Arduino with the help of Dougie, the technician.

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I then wired up the heat pad using batteries, wires and an on /off switch and fitted it into the wooden box that Tracy had made.

The box is made from a solid piece of Sycamore. She managed to utilise an off-cut from the wood that was used to make the chair for the Dalai Lama when he visited Dundee.


The dish sits perfectly in the wooden block with the heat pad hidden underneath.


The completed diffuser with the jewellery, “Scent Connection” .

Additional and alternative essential oils (e.g. lavender, camomile, geranium) can be used on the ceramic beads to replenish the aroma to help with physical and phsiological symptoms. The diffuser is a contemporary design idea using traditional craft techniques and as it is portable it can be used around the home for maximum benefit.

Let me know what you think and if you have any comments I’d love to hear them.


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