Digital clay fabrication / 2017

The research phase of the Ceramics for the Anthropocene project focused on:

– rediscovering local ceramics heritage and material know-how, through a close collaboration with traditional ceramicists and ceramics historians

– exploring traditional craftsmanship and digital fabrication techniques, contaminating them with each other

The research was developed in partnership with traditional ceramics craftsmen from Albisola (SV) and digifabTURINg robotic fabrication researchers based at FabLab Turin. It resulted in the production of a large-scale ceramics artwork synthesising the 3 months research efforts. The artwork is on display at the prestigious Museo della Ceramica di Savona.

My aim was to explore the expressive qualities of clay at the intersection of analog and digital approaches. Through a highly iterative process, over the duration of 3 months, we developed:

– a library of local clays from different geological areas

– a process to refine, mix and prepare stable clays for hand-made and robotic fabrication

– a library of robotic extrusion effects, based on the use of custom asymmetric nozzles and horizontal fabrication

This research was developed in the framework of Be Sm/Art 2, developed by, with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo and Fondazione A. De Mari.

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