Georgian started producing wine in Qvevri 8000 years ago. Despite market demands, primitive technology of making Qvevris hasn’t changed, there are no enough experienced builders and it became hard to find a good one.
David Mizandari, Creative Director of Bank of Georgia Nika Gujejiani and photographer Giorgi Mamasakhlisi found out technology to build 3D Qvevri. They met ceramics specialist and 3D print specialist in the Netherlands, cooperating with him and Gita, created Qvevri prototype.
QVEVRI.XYZ authors shared their experience to Marketer:
The clay is not standardized in Georgia, the quality of the Qvevri wine depends on the composition of the clay, it determines firing curve, speed of heating and cooling, etc.
As usual, making Qvevri by clay takes approximately 1 month, depends on the size. It needs several hours by 3D printer, 1 week of drying and 24 hours of firing in automatized oven – strictly controlling process and temperature. As a result, Qvevri is more solid.
Currently project is at prototyping stage.