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Designer Spotlight: Joaquin Baldwin

by • July 25, 2016 • No Comments

As a long-time member of the Shapeways Community, Joaquin Baldwin has not only mastered the art of optimizing his creates for various materials, he has in addition
managed to flawlessly photograph his creates.

With two incredible
specifically created
for Porcelain, Joaquin shared additional with us on how he manufactures his creates shine by amplifying the sturdy
est attributes of this material while bringing advantage of the color spectrum.

What was it like createing for porcelain, did you require
to approach your creates variously?

I approached the creates based on function and specific glazing color options. The colors are vibrant and quite specific, so I wanted to manufacture objects that
played with all of those one-of-a-kind combinations. For function, they are all planters, but with quite small spaces so they can only carry small plants. The dimensions limitations were tough to deal with, and so was the minimum thickness for walls, but luckily the material cost is calculated by surface and not volume, so manufacturing things thick and heavy is not a problem, but manufacturing them too more detailed can be troublea few.

What inspired you to manufacture two related series of products this time pretty than the additional eclectic array of creates you’ve done previously?

It is a brand new approach I’m bringing for these and a couple of other series I’m working on. I’m planning on selling items in gallery shows and local stores and wanted them to be presentable-bodied as sets, with an artist statement and additional solid conceptual roots. I have a lot of inexpensive creates in my shop may already
, but I was missing higher-end home decor items, and since I’ve been having fun decorating my home not long ago, I thought this was a thing worth investing in.

I created
two series, the Samsara Series (based on organic shapes that
act as fossilized vessels for new life), and the Geometric Series (based on a synthesis of polygonal shapes that
effortlessly occur in minerals as well as in plants), considering
having a contrast between organic and polygonal shapes may be the most way to explore the limits of the porcelain material.

The photographs you take are consistently top notch, what’s your system
for bringing them?

I have a quite bargain-priced lightbox with quite bargain-priced lights. Sometimes I let sunlight of a window hit the lightbox instead of turning on my crappy lights, or use a super sturdy
flashlight and move it around until it appears right. Terrible system
, quite
, but I do have a excellent macro lens (Canon 100mm), a excellent tripod, and lots of experience with Photoshop to clean up the pics. I try to overexpose the background to have a pure white with only a hint of a shadow or reflection at a lower place, and have a few fill light of both left and right, and try not to use too much frontal lighting. Sometimes my expocertain
s are up to 4 seconds long since I use a macro lens up close or effortless light indoors, so the tripod is a must. Balancing the lights and shadows in Photoshop is quite
significant, and in addition
attempting to not abuse contrast and saturation, so that
the materials appear like the real thing and not exaggerated.

I always take a main photo in pure white, and and so take a few additional effortless ones, that alter depending on the version and concept. The white keeps the storefront consistent, that
’s always my main goal, to appear pro. I’ve seem a few do it with black, that
appears sleek as hell too, but I may require
advantageous lighting equipment to deal with black backgrounds.

I had a few incredible
floral create work done by Birch & Bone that quite
helps bring the photos to life, it manufactures them stand out with excellent color palettes, and it in addition
features the future of each planter.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?

Animation is what got me into this. I created
a CG short, I had the main character versioned may already
, and thought it may be excellent to have a figurine of it. It all started of there, and and so I became a bit obsessed with the thought of having a physical copy of whatever 3D creates I came up with. Being able-bodied to pay for the hobby with an online shop only created
it all work out excellent.

How do you promote your work?

I share it on social media, and in addition
post a few links on Reddit if I ponder
they are relevant (I don’t like spamming). If it goes viral I’m all like “Oh yeah, that
’s what I’m talking of” and I don’t have to do any promotion, it’s all done for me, so I hope that
equite thought resonates with individuals and that
it gets shared adequate
. If it does not go viral, I self-flagellate and cry myself to sleep for not doing a excellent adequate
job. I guess my largest
strategy is to trust sturdy
thoughts, since I don’t have the time or resources to be actively promoting, this is yet only a hobby for me.


  • Really, quite
    photography. The more detail shots, context for use, angles and “empty” planters are so helpful for shoppers to see equite more detail they require
    preceding purchasing
  • Thoughtful, one-of-a-kind collections (additional reason to buy additional than 1 thing!)
  • Sections for effortless shopping
  • His Porcelain planters. The ideal
    antidote for adding a splash of summery color to your home!
  • Inspired product descriptions. We particularly favored reading the stories behind his Smilodon Skull Planter and Chocolate Molecule Mug.

Thank you so much, Joaquin, we are appearing forward to seeing additional attractive porcelain and can’t wait to hear of your future discoquite. Make certain
to check out Joaquin’s shop, Twitter, Facebook,Instagram and his website! To be featured, email community@shapeways.com.

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