Alusid’s products are nothing short of innovative. We currently produce a range of tiling products that offer a highly sustainable alternative to traditional ceramic tiles. Over the last few years, we have developed a unique, patented process of transforming recycled ‘waste’ glass and porcelain into beautiful architectural surfacing materials – a trail was blazed, and a unique kind of solid surface has been born!
One half of the duo responsible for Alusid’s inception – Emeritus Professor David Binns – now seeks to take Alusid’s environmentally low-impact processes a step further, with the introduction of 100% recycled glazes, developed by our own in-house team in Preston, Lancashire.
Here, in our very first Innovation Conversation, David talks us through how the project came about, while sharing how it will impact the future of Alusid. Over to David…
Firstly, can you please give us a brief introduction to your professional background?
“I have taught Ceramics for almost 40 years in colleges and at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. And alongside my teaching, I’ve always been an art practitioner, making and exhibiting my ceramic artwork, with research underpinning both my art practice and academic career. I have always been interested in expanding the boundaries of ceramics both technically and aesthetically - experimenting with new ideas, and being playful with materials.
"Over time, I developed a unique process of casting glass, ceramic, and other mineral materials, creating a unique new material with beautiful aesthetic properties. Initially I applied the process to the making of large sculptural forms, which I exhibited in galleries within the UK and abroad.
“During this period an opportunity arose for a funded PhD post to work with me. Alasdair (Alusid co-founder) got the position and we quickly connected and started developing an exciting collaborative relationship. Alasdair’s PhD project involved exploring the creative potential of refractory concrete – a material traditionally used in an industrial context.
"We found it could be combined with the material I was developing, and so we started collaborating on a number of projects. Within the University, we established the ‘Silicates Research Unit’, as a focal point for our ongoing research. At this point, of course, we didn’t realise where it was going!”