Creative Digital Technology & Ceramics
The recent emergence of creative digital technology in the field of ceramics has opened up new possibilities in regards to the kinds of objects that can now be made. This is similar in many ways to other technologies that have been introduced throughout the history of ceramics such as the potters wheel. However because the craftsman’s expert and unique touch is less involved in the process of physically making, a question of this new technologies craft value arises. Can 3D printed ceramic objects be influenced by their creator to provide special significance to consumers in the same way traditional ceramic objects are perceived? Can they be unique in their own right and bear the characteristics that are commonly desired within craft objects? Or has the blueprint-to-product nature of the printer removed all possibility of unique individual objects?
This research explores the relationship between the craftsman, the clay material and the process of 3D printing. It examines the interaction between maker and machine and how this interaction may be redesigned to enhance a craft outcome. By doing so this project seeks to challenge current thinking of what ceramic craft is or can be now and in the near future through the production of a unique craft interface and a series of ceramic objects.