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Lunch talk: Intertwining digital and traditional craft in ceramics

Wed 15 Jan 2020, 1.15-1.45pm
Main Gallery

For this lunch talk, Michelle Shields and Heleen Sintobin will be sharing their research in digital ceramics and the merging of traditional with digital making methods.

Michelle and Heleen are graduates from the Royal College of Art who share a passion for using digital processes to develop the materiality of clay. They were both invited by digital research lab Grymsdyke Farm over the summer, to make in response to the robotic arm and explore ceramics within the context of digital and hybrid crafts.

Their project ‘Soft Developables' is presented in the Hand Held To Super Scale exhibition, a cabinet of objects and on-going experiments to research the raw materials used to make clay and glazes. The experimental formula creates a clay body which is subverted by the firing process, turning the clay into a geological lightweight expanded structure. Informed by pattern cutting, the robotic arm mills structural toolpaths into the wet clay resulting in soft hybrid developable forms.

This event is part of the 'Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics’ exhibition and public programme curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team and Fettle Studio. Supported by the Built Environment Trust.



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