Balik was our first try with “large” extrusion dies, and was not as easy as we thought! We totally under-estimated how strong can be a mass of clay under pressure. Many dies broke, many attempts to push out this clay were failures, but thanks to all those experiments we were better understanding the process. Now, we are soon able to extrude the shape we want as easy as we think it is. That process of personnal research and development took us more than a year, therefore that technique is naturally, at the moment, the core of our studio. 

 Balik was born from the idea of taking out the clay from its “usual” fields. We wanted to remind that before being porcelain cups or vases, clay is at first a building material, something we can step or sit on, something we can trust. Instinctively we began to extrude our own “brick”, our own module to build different kind of structures/sculptures.

 Of course, we couldn’t resist to glaze or extrude those bricks in different colors. So we did! Triggering questions about production processes which surrounds us only by changing the shape and the color of a brick is what we aim at!

“By the materials that compose it, Balik is in essence both fragile and robust. In this reinterpretation of the seat Studio Biskt realizes a metal base that, like two river banks, that would be linked by an extruded clay junction. Glazed in different shades of colours, Balik aspires to the outdoors and evokes, in its composition and possibility of assembly, multiple variations.”
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