Why ceramic lamp is the new trend
If you’re after a stylish and functional piece of art, look no further than ceramic.
From lampshades to ceiling fans, ceramics are everywhere these days.
They’re versatile, cheap and can be made from anything from recycled plastic bottles to metal.
In fact, ceramic is so popular that it has its own TV show, “The Ceramic Wedding”.
But the trend is also a bit scary.
In a study by the International Ceramic Association, more than one-quarter of the ceramists surveyed said ceramic was “an inappropriate material” for use in ceramical products.
And the industry is not just a trend in ceramic art, but one that can have serious implications for consumers’ health.
“I think the ceramic craze is not about aesthetics,” says Laura Wigdor, a ceramic art instructor at The Art Institute of Chicago and an expert on ceramic ceramids.
“It’s about aesthetics and money.”
She says ceramic is “the only material that has a very high surface area and is easy to work with and uses relatively little energy”.
“It’s cheap to produce,” she says.
“People are willing to pay a premium for it because they want to have it in their home.”
And that’s not all.
Many ceramians are looking for a new style of ceramic, one that doesn’t require a lot of care, so they can produce a much more durable product.
In addition to its ability to last longer, Wigdan says ceramic will also be more affordable.
“The price of ceramic is really the lowest of all the ceramic materials, because of the energy efficiency,” she explains.
“So for most people, that’s a plus.”
But that means ceramic lamps and ceiling fans are a big step down for many.
And there are risks associated with the process.
Wigdor says the safety of ceramically manufactured products is paramount.
“I know there are some people who think ceramic is dangerous,” she adds.
“I’ve heard some people say that ceramic is not safe.
I would not be able to tell you that, because I’ve never been involved in that sort of work.”
The bottom line: ceramicals are a fun, versatile, eco-friendly alternative to wood, but don’t expect to see a ceramic ceiling fan in your next Ikea showroom.