Within the framework of the competition “Jewelry plus silicon carbide”, participants were asked to use the aesthetic properties of a to date exclusively technical material in their creations. The aim was to achieve concepts that allow the unusual, polycrystalline and hexagonal crystal structure of the very hard material, synthesized at around 2,500 °C, to develop its full effects. Depending on the size of the crystals and the angle of light, the material offers exciting optical impressions. The project was carried out within the framework of an interdisciplinary course at the Lower Rhine University and the Polytechnic College of Düsseldorf. Participants included students in the courses of ceramics and product design from Krefeld and the course in jewelry/product design in Düsseldorf.
Prof. Gerhard Hahn (Krefeld) and Dipl. Des. Herbert Schulze (Düsseldorf) oversaw the project. The competition had been organized by the company Saint-Gobain IndustrieKeramik GmbH, which also put up the prize money of 2,500 EUR. First place was shared by Sarah Kowollik and Andreas Lehmann. The second place went to Claudia Bielak, while third place was secured by Verena Schreiner and Michele Lontzen for their drafts. The results of the competition will be exhibited at the Inhorgenta Europe 2006 from February 17 to 20 in Munich (Hall C2, Corridor F, Stand No. 643, and Forum Innovation School).
by Axel Henselder