Project Description

The tilting bowl is a glazed ceramic bowl that periodically tilts. The tilting bowl tilts in short durations (3-8 seconds) at random intervals 3-6 times a day. It is approximately 35 centimeters in diameter, 16 centimeters in height and weights approximately 3 kilograms. The tilting bowl is a fully functional bowl. The form of the bowl was produced through a type of parametric design and we utilized digital processes in the making of its mold for slip-casting.

The aim of the bowl is to find the simplest and most common design form (bowls have been made for millennia) that could be integrated with an equally simple approach to computational and digital technologies. The tilting bowl is a multiple of six bowls. Each will be deployed in households for four to six months. Participants will be asked to maintain a micro-blog, keeping a photo diary, and take part in a semi-structured interview.


Input with designing the mold, photographing content, slip casting, working on paper to connect digital production methods with analogue processes, and discussing how physical materiality relates to interaction design.


SFU Professor: Ron Wakkary
Students: Audrey Desjardins, Xiao Zhang, Henry Lin

ECU Professors: Keith Doyle, Philip Robbins
Students: Lauren Low, Shannon Mortimer

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The Process of Making the Bowl

There were many different tension points in the production process which had to be solved. The shape of the bowl is the by product of digital fabrication, in this paper we aim to explore the challenges during the digital and analog fabrication process. In the early phase of explore, sketches was created to generate a series of possible shape on paper. We took those initial sketches into CAD programs Rhino and SolidWorks to further explore them digitally. Initial low fidelity prototype was created through 123D make in MDF wood.