~ Ecal Milano// Hot Tools

I have always been inspired by glass, namely the designs by Carlo Scarpa & Tapio Wirkkala and I have even tried glassblowing myself, after which I have a new found respect for glass artists & the speed & skill with which they work. As part of the glass blowing process the inspiration for each piece, worked while hot or cold has to be thought out tried and experimented with. I was interested to see the techniques the second year masters students of ECAL came up with under the guidance of Ronan Bouroullec and glassblower Matteo Gonet.

ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, Switzerland, presents three exhibitions. 
'Hot Tools' is the fruit of experiments with glass conducted by students in the second year of their Master’s in Product Design led by designer Ronan Bouroullec and glassblower Matteo Gonet. 

'Hot Tools'
This exhibition presents experiments and research carried out by students in their second year of the Master’s in Product Design under the direction of Alexis Georgacopoulos. 
'After a visit lasting a few hours to the workshop of glassblower Matteo Gonet in Basle, students had to design and produce tools and utensils, and invent scenarios that would create an interesting effect in Matteo’s artisanal glass-making process. We had five days to create a successful test palette,' explains designer Ronan Bouroullec, who led this workshop. For Matteo Gonet, the workshop sessions were intense and animated, but the challenge was won.  
'Tools made by students themselves took the form of wooden moulds, stones, glass and copper powder, leather… This approach is really very interesting!'

Images courtesy of Ecal