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Emerging Objects Lets GCode Run Wild in Extruded Clay Experimental Project –
"California-based Emerging Objects is possibly one of the studios that has experimented most deeply with 3D printing materials and processes, with several impressive projects published worldwide. Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, the studio’s founders, initially experimented mostly with powder based materials and processes. Lately they have begun focusing on extrusion as well. Their latest GCODE.Clay project is specifically centered on creating full-body clay compressed with a servo motor.

The GCODE.Clay collection is made up of a series of objects 3D printed in porcelain, bmix, terra-cotta, and recycled clay. The uniqueness of the design process is that it explores the creative potential of designing with G-code, the language in which people tell computerized machine tools how to make something.

“In this case,” they explain, “the 3D printer is pushed outside the boundaries of what would typically define the printed object, creating a series of controlled errors that create a new expressions in clay defined by the plasticity of the material, gravity and machine behavior.”

Aside from high-performance ceramics 3D printing by hybrid SLA processes, clay 3D printing by extrusion is typically defined by the layers of clay, whose striations are present on the surface of the 3D printed object. This is generally considered to be a flaw of extrusion clay 3D printing and efforts are being made to reduce the layer size by several ceramic 3D printer manufacturers. Building on their previous Meshmix Modern concept, where they celebrated the beauty and functionality of 3D printing of supports, Emerging Objects put the extruded layers at the center of their creation. The result is that the surface quality takes on the appearance of textiles, with clay being woven, threaded, curled, as it droops away from the surface."
3dprinting  clay  ceramics  ronaldrael  virginiasanfratello  2016 
may 2016 by robertogreco
"Pawena spent her childhood in the countryside of Thailand surrounded by nature. Her usual day when not in school was playing with the materials she found in nature around her: wooden sticks, clay and mud.

Growing up on a farm, Pawena would often help her mother make things by hand, and it was here that she first learned to crochet, sew and embroider. For Pawena, the feeling of working with her hands still transports her back to that time and brings her comfort.

Pawena began her career studying Industrial Design with a major in Ceramics at KMITL in Bangkok, Thailand. She then moved to the United States and completed an additional undergraduate degree in Graphic Design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Since graduating 15 years ago, Pawena has been working full time in the design industry, but has always made sure to find time to make things by hand outside of work to keep her true passion alive, and she has recently had the opportunity to return to her first love of ceramic design with the founding of Pawena Studio in 2015.

Pawena lives and works in Los Angeles with her husband, also a graphic designer, and her two boys."
ceramics  design  photography  losangeles  pawenathinaporn  graphicdesign 
january 2016 by robertogreco
A Studio Visit with Charlotte Mei on Vimeo
"I spent some time with Charlotte Mei at her South London studio, where she produces ceramics, drawings and paintings, for both her personal projects as well as commissioned work for clients. We spoke about the approach she takes when making each, her process when doing so and also her studio space at the Aylesbury Estate near Elephant & Castle.

Charlotte Mei is a ceramicist and illustrator from Bristol, who currently lives and works in London, UK. See more of Charlotte's work and visit her online shop over at her website -

Produced, filmed and edited by Joshua Whitelaw, 2015 - "
art  artists  charlottemei  edg  srg  glvo  illustration  clay  plaiting  sculpture  ceramics 
july 2015 by robertogreco
Theaster Gates: How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art | Talk Video |
"Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandoned buildings to create community hubs that connect and inspire those who still live there (and draw in those who don't). In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts to build a "miniature Versailles" in Chicago, and he shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere."
theastergates  chicago  community  housing  reclamation  redevelopment  art  ceramics  2015  urban  urbanism  cities  socialactivism  activism 
april 2015 by robertogreco
UC Berkeley professor designs bricks that could replace air-conditioning |
"UC Berkeley associate professor of architecture Ronald Rael and former professor Virginia San Fratello succeeded in designing 3-D “cool bricks,” a device that could potentially replace air-conditioning systems in hot, arid climates.

Working with their team in Emerging Objects, co-founders Rael and San Fratello have developed porous ceramic bricks set in mortar. The bricks were inspired by a Mascatese cooling window — which consists of a wooden screen and ceramic vessel filled with water — that Rael encountered in one of his research trips.

“We look for ways of how traditional systems can be incorporated into contemporary lifestyles,” Rael said.

Rael was inspired to develop ways to create a water screen out of ceramic instead of wood so that it could be more applicable to current uses.

With the help of Tethon3D — a 3-D ceramic printing company based in Omaha, Nebraska — Rael further developed the right materials that could optimize evaporative cooling technology.

“We collaborated to make the design printable, as well as economical,” said Tethon3D co-founder and president Karen Linder in an email. Tethon3D made the cool bricks with a 3-D printer loaded with dry clay powder and a liquid binder in the shape of the desired model.

According to Rael, the brick is designed with a porous, lattice-like structure, which allows air to flow through it. The process is simple: Like a sponge, the bricks absorb water vapor, which evaporates when it makes contact with warm air. Warm air that passes through the micropores is cooled, ultimately decreasing the entire room temperature.

The cool bricks are not yet ready to be used commercially. The Emerging Objects team, however, is looking ahead toward commercial and humanitarian applications. With further developments, the bricks, which are able to interlock, can be stacked together to potentially create a wall or even an entire house.

Calling it a “less energy-intensive way to humidify air,” Rael said he envisions the bricks being implemented both near and far from home: in the southwestern deserts of the United States, in sub-Saharan Africa, in the Arabian Desert and even in parts of China.

Rael said questions still remain unsolved, however, such as where windows could be located to maximize the amount of air that passes through the bricks, where the water would come from and whether UV rays can be used to prevent mold from forming in the bricks.

The 3-D cool bricks can be seen at Data Clay: Digital Strategies for Parsing the Earth, a public exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, until April 19."
2015  bricks  construction  energy  efficiency  sustainability  ronaldrael  virginiasanfratello  ceramics  insulation  cooling 
march 2015 by robertogreco
Functional 3D Printed Ceramics - Olivier van Herpt
"When I first started researching 3D printing the technology was an exciting and interesting one. But, the desktop 3D printers on offer were unable to produce things at a human scale. Large and medium scale functional design objects that we use such as bowls, plates & decorative objects could not be made. The objects made with desktop 3D printers were also low in heat resistance and could not be food safe. Industrial 3D printers could make food safe objects for everyday use but these would be too costly to produce. I ended up spending two years working on 3D printer and 3D printing process that could make large and medium scale functional 3D printed ceramics to solve this problem.

I designed and made my own extruder and experimented with many different types of clay. Iteratively improving my process and testing brought me closer and closer to a solution. Mayor issues such as the collapse of objects gradually solved. A breakthrough came when I decided to move from mixing clay with water. By redesigning my extruder I could use hard clay instead. This lead me to be able to make larger items with higher levels of detail.

In the early days the 3D printed vases and bowls seemed rough, with the layers clearly visible. I was able to experiment with textures, surfaces, shapes and sizes. Now I'm able to make objects up to 80 cm tall with a diameter of 42 cm. By altering the settings on my machine I can very and give the pieces very different appearances.

The 3D Woven collection comprises of a weave pattern reminiscent of the days of artisans. 3D printing has the potential to bring back the unique and individualized objects that artisans make. But, this time it is a machine who manufactures the final product. Each unique vase in this collection shows us the potential of cutting edge technology while reminding us of the days of yore.

The Sediment collection has some of the thinnest 3D printed ceramics layers available today. Imposing, unique 3D printed interior items ushering in a new world of digital fabrication. The fine stria do remind us that the object was 3D printed but only when one is close to it."

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ceramics  3dprinting  pottery  olivervanherpt  housewares  2014 
august 2014 by robertogreco
Art Workshops in Aspen Snowmass Colorado | Anderson Ranch Arts Center
"Anderson Ranch Arts Center Anderson Ranch celebrates artists, art-making, critical dialogue and community. We promote personal and professional development of artists of all levels of expertise through year-round workshops in ceramics, sculpture, photography, new media, painting and drawing, printmaking, woodworking, furniture design and more. Our artists residencies for emerging and established artists, summer internships, visiting artists and critics, community outreach, and public events offer a full spectrum of opportunities to creative people of all levels. The facilities feature fully-equipped art studios and galleries. Anderson Ranch programs and activities including art auctions and artist slide lectures, attract thousands of artists, art-lovers, students, faculty and patrons annually to this historic Rocky Mountain ranch dedicated to the fine arts."
furnituredesign  furniture  woodworking  drawing  painting  newmedia  photography  sculpture  ceramics  workshops  aspen  education  community  design  colorado  residencies  art 
august 2012 by robertogreco
BrutCake | BrutCake is a creative art and design project
"By focusing on products created entirely by hand, we hope more people will be moved by and treasure the essence of raw materials."

"BrutCake is a creative concept covering products, art and most importantly – life.

Brut refers to the Art Brut movement originating in France, and is an apt description of the raw, original and essential elements of Brut Cake products. Cake evokes images of the simple pleasures and happiness in life.

We take the concept of Art Brut from a position of pure artistic ambition to one of functional creation. However, Brut Cake doesn’t see itself as an industrial design shop; instead, we devote ourselves to handcrafted, useful and functional objects of art.

Such is our belief in the longevity and beauty of raw materials, we also see treasure where others see only waste. Combining elements from discarded furniture and the like, we re-imagine them into new functional pieces, bringing a new life and aesthetic to these recycled gems."
pottery  handmade  design  reuse  glvo  recycled  brutcake  ceramics  craft  nicoleteng  wabi-sabi 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Autumn 2012 Profile | Art News New Zealand: Francis Upritchard
"Given her sculptural installations collapse boundaries between art, craft, architecture and design by combining ceramics, textiles, furniture, found objects and lighting in the same space – it’s no wonder Upritchard felt a kinship with the Secessionist group when she was invited to exhibit at this prestigious institution. She also appreciated the fact that the Secession’s programme is chosen not by curators but by artists, which results in a fascinating and idiosyncratic programme of solo artist exhibitions."

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bricolage  assemblage  textiles  ceramics  artists  glvo  sculpture  newzealand  craft  art  francisupritchard 
march 2012 by robertogreco
10 Things To Know About San Diego's Craft History |
""San Diego's Craft Revolution: From Post-War Modern To California Design" opens October 16th at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. Since the show includes almost 70 artists and spans roughly 30 years of little-documented local art history, it's a lot to process. To give you a head start, we've put together a list of 10 things to keep in mind before you head out to see this groundbreaking exhibit."
sandiego  mingei  art  exhibits  craft  design  furniture  2011  history  glvo  allamariewoolley  jacksonwoolley  nortonsimon  harrybertoia  abstractexpressionism  enamel  alliedcraftsmen  convair  ryan  pointloma  kaywhitcomb  juneschwarcz  rhodalopez  jameshubbell  malcolmleland  svetozarradakovich  alinefisch  monatrunkfield  helenshirk  wnedymaruyama  johndirks  bauhaus  sdsu  jewelry  lynnfayman  california  marthalongenecker  ceramics  modernism  folktraditions 
october 2011 by robertogreco
Eva Zeisel - Wikipedia [Nice summary on Wikipedia.]
"Eva Zeisel’s designs are made for use. The inspiration for her sensuous forms often comes from the natural organic curves of the body, taking advantage of the softness of clay. Zeisel’s more organic approach to modernism most likely comes as a reaction to the Bauhaus aesthetics that were popular at the time of her early training. Her sense of form and color show influence from the Hungarian folk arts she grew up seeing. [9] All of Zeisel’s designs, whether it be her furniture, metal, glass or ceramic, are often made in sets or in relationship to other objects. Many of Zeisel’s designs nest together creating modular designs that also function to save space." [via:]
evazeisel  design  ceramics  clay  industrialdesign  art 
november 2010 by robertogreco
jeweled platypus · pixels · Drawings and ceramics
"I loved my ceramics class, which was just hand-building, no wheel-throwing. It’s good exercise for people who read The Design of Everyday Things back in high school — turns out it’s not that easy to make a bowl that works even as well as the mass-produced one you can get for a dollar down the street, much less one that works better.

You learn to make preliminary sketches and small models, because if you don’t have a strong concept before you spend hours making a mug, you get an ugly cup with an awkward handle. This happens when designing web pages and writing blog posts too, but a pile of smushed clay on your table makes a point. The same goes for close attention at every step: a rough edge, weak join, bad choice of glaze, or a dozen other lazy mistakes can ruin how the thing works and feels. So you have to make lots of pieces before you come up with anything decent, but most of the efforts along the way are nice to keep around too."
ceramics  planning  making  thedesignofeverydaythings  brittagustafson  webdev  writing  design  attention  process  clay  webdesign 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Craft In America | PBS
"We have a deep sense of longing for the handmade. Perhaps because each of us, in our own way, has had a craft experience. Sometimes it’s an object passed down to us, or one that crosses our path, and connects us to others in traditions, heritage, and rituals.

Craft gives pleasure as well as function. It is inspirational as well as useful. It is the best representation of who we are as a culture. Craft is democratic. It is broad enough to accommodate anyone who makes something or appreciates the handmade. Craft is all around us. You’ll find it wherever you look – hiding in plain sight.

Craft in America offers you a place to explore these connections and to inspire your own creativity – through the PBS documentary series and this website. Join us on this voyage of discovery. View the programs online or purchase DVDs of the Peabody Award-winning series for your home library."

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art  arts  craft  pbs  diy  culture  glvo  ceramics  blacksmithing  process 
september 2010 by robertogreco
David Byrne's Journal: 05.29.10: Arts ’n’ Crafts
"artists who work in certain materials have, for decades, usually had trouble being taken seriously as fine artists. Glassblowers, ceramicists, textile workers, furniture makers &, until a few decades ago, photographers were all not usually welcome in fine art galleries or the museums that show fine art… unless it was a show dedicated to only ceramics, for example.

There were exceptions, but until quite recently those were rare. If we ignore Duchamp, whose work implied that anything could be art if he said it was, the restrictions have held firm, though photography broke the barrier first in a big way.


Part of this snobbish attitude goes back to the Renaissance. In order for painters to separate themselves from the various craft guilds, & establish their own worth, they had to form the idea that expression, concept and idea were worth at least (and maybe more, in their opinion) as much as skilled craftsmanship..."
crafts  davidbyrne  photography  art  glvo  ceramics  textiles  cv  snobbery  artworld  glass  furniture  renaissance  history  guilds  galleries  apprenticeships 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Art: Ceramic Manga Cultural Smashups by Brendan Tang
"Find out more about Tang's work, and read his artist statement, on his site. You gotta love a guy who can talk about the history of cultural imperialism and the coolness of manga in the same paragraph."
art  manga  design  ceramics 
january 2008 by robertogreco
WOOD - Stain Teacup
"Stain is a set of a teacups designed to improve through use. This project examines the assumption that use is damaging to a product (For example, scratches on an iPod)."
beausage  housewears  ceramics  use  age  wear  stain  design  products  wabi-sabi 
december 2006 by robertogreco
Cool Hunting: Stain Teacups
"This product challenges the assumption that use (i.e. scratches, discoloration, wear and tear) is damaging or bad. Designed to improve through use, the inside of the cup is treated so that it is more susceptible to the staining that results from tea drinking. The more the cup is used, the more the pattern is revealed and, over time, the intensity of the pattern will increase the speed depends on the owner's personal tea drinking habit."
beausage  housewears  ceramics  use  age  wear  stain  design  products  wabi-sabi 
december 2006 by robertogreco

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