Crucible Redesign — a Poetic Object

A concept object reimagining the crucible — a ceramic container used to melt and refine metals — wherein the form alludes to the transformation that occurs inside during this process. An exploration in the semantics of form and the storytelling of an object, and an exercise in craft. 


2 Weeks, Fall 2021

Final model hand-crafted with foam and gesso.

Exploratory Sketches

Initial explorations were focused on what kind of visual language I wanted my object to communicate (adjectives such as heavy, soft, static), and how the object might afford usage and tell a story through its form.

Concept Development

Among my ideas, I was most drawn to those that alluded to the process of what happens inside the crucible itself. I was intrigued by the phenomenon of the contents of the crucible coming out chemically differently from the fire than as it went in— more pure, more true, more beautiful. To expand on this idea of the crucible being a vessel for change and transformation, I made my crucible a mold as well, so that the metal might come out not only chemically, but also physically differently than when it first entered.

To express my concept, I began to think about how the transition between simple shapes within one object may act as a metaphor for the transformation that happens inside.

Finally, I landed on this form where the circular top face transforms into square faces across different edges and transitions. I enjoyed the simplistic look that allowed the more precious, special aspect to be found within the object itself, emphasizing a sense of wonder and mystery for the unseen process inside.

Form Iterations & Craft Process

Course Reel

Project content begins 2:11.