The Folded Bud Vase is designed in CAD before being printed on a Lutum ceramic 3D printer. The designed form intentionally goes beyond the printer’s capabilities, and challenges the structural integrity of the final print. As the printer builds up layers of clay, the overhangs are pulled down by gravity. The form of the vase is inspired by pieces by George Ohr, an artist potter active at the turn of the century. His pieces often featured pinched and squashed shapes, although he used a traditional potter’s wheel rather than the 3D modelling and printing technology we work with at Bre. & Co.