Tera cotta ceramic tiles may preserve coral reef diversity

Photos of ceramics, and article interpretation by Robert Kokenyesi, Ceramic Artist, Beachfront Pottery, Godfrey, IL, 62035, USA.  If you enjoyed this post, then give me a “like” on my Facebook page.  Check out Beachfront Pottery posts on Instagram @beachfrontpottery.   There is additional information about Beachfront Pottery on my web site.


The Published News Article

How a Hong Kong startup is using 3D-printed tiles to help restore coral reefs

CBS News A startup in Hong Kong is trying to help coral adapt to the humans have caused – with its innovative use of 3D printing and terracotta. More coral species live in part of Hong Kong’s subtropical water than in the Caribbean, but the swath of the South China Sea used to boast even more natural beauty.



Beachfront Pottery Pieces

For Beachfront Pottery the growth of a new coral colony, or other colonizing creatures, represent encrustation of one or another kind.  The encrustation on the Oceanated Spring piece conveys the degradation of man-made materials in the ocean.

“Oceanated Spring I” by Robert Kokenyesi
“Deep Sea Scroll V” by Robert Kokenyesi









“Deep Sea Scroll, IV” by Robert Kokenyesi




The encrustation on the Deep Sea Scroll pieces conveys the consequence of abandonment, lack of use.






“Encrusted Pliers” by Robert Kokenyesi
“Encrusted Teapot” by Robert Kokenyesi

The pliers and the teapot pieces are built on cast iron base, and here the  encrustation represents decay, dissolution.




Inspiration for Future Ceramic Pieces

I am experimenting with encrustation of unusual and conventional ceramic surfaces will be developing using new type of encrusting materials, and new ceramic items.

“Encrusted Death Mask” by Robert Kokenyesi
“Encrusted Bowl” by Robert Kokenyesi


The encrustation is made by mixing crushed bisque with matte underglaze. The color of the encrustation can be changed by the matte underglaze used.





“Encrusted Cup” by Robert Kokenyesi

“Encrusted chains” by Robert Kokenyesi


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