废瓷再生 / 2016.11.22 
地点:佛山 
人物:陈维康 曹浩昌 



Human’s behavior is motivation-driven, what we call desire. Appetite and lust are only natural and biological desire. Wife, kids and a warm bed are desire for belonging.



In a rural society where material is limited but thought is abundant, “culture shapes desires; and desires, in turn, guide behavior”. But when it enters to modern society where  people have high material affluence and constantly gushing information source, “change the world” has therefore become a popular tagline naturally. Man has to act prudently  and think about “ the effect of a set of actions on the existence of individuals and the integrity of society”.


Oddly, people who live in this kind of society are still passionate to have their actions directed by desire; therefore we say that this is a dangerous society, a society that goes  backward. 



Pay close attention to porcelain wastes could have been described as accidental but it is also not accidental.


There happens to have a defective porcelain goods disposal factory nearby the area where our factory is in. Hills of cut down porcelain fragments can be seen every time when people pass by; nobody asks about it or knows where they are going to be shipped to and discarded quietly.



Dig deeper and you will find out that this is only a tip of the iceberg.

 

In Foshan, China’s capital of porcelain, only, there is already more than 4 million tons of various porcelain wastes produced every year. It seems like an open secret of this  gigantic industry already to sell the porcelain wastes to third party contractors to reprocess and sell again at lower price.


The party went to pick up the trash cheekily, moved this and stirred that and finally gathered a box of porcelain fragments; surprisingly, nobody tried to stop us, it is obvious  that the waste is worthless. Where will porcelain wastes go?




People always have unspeakable conflicting feelings towards porcelain.


On the one hand, as a great invention from our ancestors, traces of porcelain are to been seen in every aspect of our lives throughout the 5000 years of culture: artworks, commodities, culture symbols; porcelain was introduced to the world for hundreds of years via silk road; to us, porcelain has become a carrier for the sense of nationality and  proud.

 

On the other hand, people’s love to porcelain is particularly partial; it is stops at books, museums and its traditional forms. Torn apart from it is people’s blindness to porcelains in our daily lives.



Lack of culture attention, the more and more intense competition in the industry, desire starts to loose control.



The raw materials used to produce porcelain are mostly non-renewable resources. Their hardness of porcelain is very high after being fired with extremely high temperature  and hence it cannot be dissolved naturally. Traditional treatment is simply to use them to fill the fishpond; but keep doing this will not only cost high but also cost the  environment. Much more porcelain waste is transported to remote villages and disposed there; residences there, for the sake of the short-term petty profit, would let their  doors wide open with a smile on their faces. Consumption and disposal, it repeats itself in endless cycle; as to the polluted fields and lakes, those are for the decedents to  worry about.





The recycling experiment with porcelain waste is an attitude of life and control of desire.


However, the traditional concept of porcelain recycling only means to smash the waste and put them back into the raw materials for porcelain production. Limited by the  viscosity pottery clay requires, the porcelain waste powder that can be utilized is not much.



Is it the only way to reproduce porcelain with porcelain fragments? If not, how can porcelain waste return to construction products?



It is to verify a thought by trying to combine porcelain fragments with the concrete, which we are good at: can cement’s flocculation break the utilization bottleneck? To  combine porcelain fragments with cements and let them return to construction materials? 



 

To transform discarded porcelain waste into construction products, which have high use value and can be mass-produced, as well as to realize the sense of environmental protection; I believe the porcelain reproduction experiment is just a start.


The result of  the porcelain reproduction experiment is coming soon.