Designers are part of a world-shaping discipline. Objects designed by designers are bought and appropriated by people and thus, to a large extent, contribute to our all daily activities. The world-shaping and identity-forming quality of design results in a high degree of responsibility for designers.
The main motivation for my work as a designer is to understand how and why the world we live in appears as it materializes and to participate in shaping it in an aware way. My main assumption is that artefacts are a direct embodiment of the design practise. It follows that designing gives birth to artefacts. The generation of new artefacts in turn have an impact on the human-made world.
The ceramic investigations deal with the bodily relationship of designer and artefact within the making process. My position throughout this study is that through making in combination with reflective methods new knowledge about the artefact to be designed can be attained.
During design practise, numerous moments of embodiment emerge. From the first draft on paper to material exploration, ideas are manifested in artefacts such as drawings and material objects. Besides the expression of an idea in design practice, embodied by artefacts, the physical interaction between designer and material is central. What turns out to be particularly interesting is that within designing not only finished ideas are embodied, new ideas can be created through bodily interaction. I choose to study the topic of embodiment to develop an understanding of design practise from my experiences as an industrial designer.