This is a 3D scan of a Wedgwood sugar bowl from the collection of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. It is a Rosso Antico (red stoneware) sucrier (sugar bowl and lid), made by Wedgwood and Sons in Staffordshire, England, in about 1805. It is decorated with a frieze of Egyptian and pseudo-Egyptian symbols, made of Black Basaltes.
While porcelain played an important role in fashionable interior decoration and daily life in Europe in the 1700s, it was Josiah Wedgwood's pottery that had the greatest impact. A leading Staffordshire potter, Wedgwood produced an impressive range of vases, ornaments and tableware. Trend-setting classical designs, and Wedgwood's bold and inventive marketing, ensured the popularity of his wares.
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This was one of ten Museum objects scanned in 3D for Hack the Collection, a public program in the 2014 Sydney Design Festival, which matched ten contemporary Sydney designers with ten objects from the Museum’s collection.
Designers spent two intensive days in the Festival FabLab, creatively manipulating the 3D object files to design their own hacked interpretations in full view of an excited public. At the conclusion of the weekend, the designers’ remixed objects were 3D printed on MakerBots and displayed alongside their original counterpart.
We see our collection as raw assets for inspiration. We encourage you to download and remix our collection as you take it in new directions. We'd love to hear about the new forms and uses you find for our objects – drop us a line to show us your work!