Warming hands with Zen stone
The client (a major plastics chemical manufacturer) aimed to increase their presence in the 2 wheeler market (motorcycles). A partnership with our team was established to develop a marketing proposition to display specific capabilities of their materials through a unique design of a 125cc motorcycle concept.
In Zen culture, the stone is one of the most important objects and has several meanings, such as harmony and soul. Also, it is natural and reflects the balance between man-made structure and natural systems. People believe that zen stone can help them achieve intrinsic peace and quiet.
The stone handwarmer is made by Slip casting which relies on the use of plaster molds, producing complex uniform shapes. Slip casting is often used in the mass production of pottery and involves the pouring of a liquid clay body slip (usually mixed in a blender) into plaster molds. The water in the slip is drawn out of the slip by the plaster, leaving an inside layer of solid clay. When this is thick enough, the excess slip can be poured from the mold and left to dry, when dry the solid clay can then also be de-molded.