The complex, porous architecture of Glass Sponge reefs inspired these 3D-printed ceramic earrings. The ribbon-like strips of minimal surfaces drip from your ears via surgical steel earwires.
Porifera is a 3D-printed ceramic and brass jewelry collection inspired by the forms of deep-sea dwelling glass sponges. These ancient sponges form reefs of glass with complex, porous architectures that are home to many species. The jewelry designs are computationally generated by custom software which creates minimal surface networks along cellular scaffolds that adapt to different volumes and densities.
The 3D-printed ceramic jewelry is the result of more than two years of material experiments and research with Formlabs. By combining new technologies and traditional crafts, ceramic 3D-printing lets us create intricate forms which cannot be manufactured by other methods. The pieces are finished by hand: sanded, glazed, and fired twice in a kiln up to 2340F, creating vitreous ceramic jewelry with a sumptuous glazed finish.
Our 3D-printed ceramic is made at Nervous System in Somerville, MA. Slight variations are possible due to the hand finishing process. Ceramic jewelry is delicate, please handle with care.
For more information, read our article about the collection