Phil Cuttance has developed a unique process for moulding his Faceture Vases that ensures every piece is different from the last.
Each vase is produced individually by casting resin into a simple handmade mould. The mould is then manually manipulated to create each object's form before each casting, making every piece utterly unique. Each vase is handmade at the designer's north London studio and numbered on the base.
The Faceture process
First the mould of the object is hand-made by scoring and cutting a sheet of 0.5mm plastic sheet. This sheet is then folded, cut and taped into the overall shape of the product that is to be cast. The mould's final shape, and strength, is dictated by which triangular facets that are popped in and out. This is done each time to mould for the next object, meaning that no two castings are the same. Then resin is cast in the mould where it sets solid.
The resin is poured into the hollow mould and rolled around to coat and encase the sides. The material soon sets creating a hollow solid object. Then another, different coloured measure of resin is poured into the same mould, and swirled around inside, over the first. When it has set, the mould is removed to reveal the solid set cast piece. The casting appears with sharp accurate lines and a digital quality to its aesthetic, a visual 'surprise' considering the ‘lo-fi’, hand-made process from which it came. The mould is then cleaned and ready for re-use.
Phil Cuttance is a New Zealand designer, who is based in London.
Cuttance constructs all of his prototypes from scratch and values the hands-on creation process as a source of ideas and knowledge.
His latest work is driven by the idea of making things himself, in relatively small batches, and trying to add value to the objects he creates by making each object unique.
He is interested in methods of making which endow products with visual clues about how they were made, and celebrating those visual markers, even sometimes when they would traditionally be seen as imperfections.