Ignorance is Bliss

Agne Kucerenkaite

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‘Ignorance is Bliss’ is an ongoing project about reincorporating value of metal waste from industries, such as water treatment plants and soil remediation companies into new valuable products and methods.

Metals are a non-renewable resource and metal mining affects air, water quality, and life forms. Agne Kucerenkaite experimented with various techniques to find the use of metal waste by conducting a broad-scale material research, which showed great potential for retrieving pigments. Metal waste comes in a shape of sludge and has to pass a process of preparation in order to use it as a pigment: drying, milling, and sieving.

The ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ collection consists of elegant porcelain tableware, woven textiles, and ceramic interior wall tiles, which represent small- and large-scale applications. The colors are retrieved purely by using pigments from waste. In this project, surprisingly, the more contaminated the raw material, the more vibrant the designed objects.

New Material Award Nominee 2018

 

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