Perfectly Imperfect/SGD

  3D-Printed Structures of clay Copyright: Christina Smart

The seminar examines the field of tension between manual and digital methods of ceramic design. Dealing with digital methods of shaping promises a highly precise manufacturing process. The Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) of artificial filaments supports the view that a translation of 3-dimensional modeling into our real environment is unproblematic. However, when dealing with natural materials such as clay, digitized tools reach their limits.

The task is to develop innovative strategies for hybrid design processes in ceramics. In this context, topics relating to the specific materiality of clay in terms of visualization, intelligent mixing of manual and digital techniques, and machine "hacks" in 3D printing will be addressed and further developed. In addition, processes that are only made possible by the inclusion of digital tools are also examined.

The goal of the seminar is to develop different processes in the experimental handling of clay and the 3D clay printer in the border area between abstract calculability and material-specific experience. The design questions mediate between precise planning and living chaos and are in the broadest sense - Perfect Imperfect. At the same time, the seminar also sensitizes for a material-appropriate handling in the interaction of technology and craft techniques.


Understanding the basic technical properties of ceramics

methods of manual shaping, processing, drying and firing of clay

Applying the possibilities of the material in independent experiments/ studies

Methods of digital shaping in CAD application software (Rhino)

Implementation in a printable model (Cura)

Fabrication with 3D Printer Delta WASP

Development of a material-specific design

Representation/ implementation of a hybrid process form with suitable means

Material: Sound is provided for self-study and must be picked up at the beginning of the semester.

Requirements/Requirements: There are no requirements regarding software knowledge (Rhino, Cura). However, experience in 3D modeling and 3D printing is desirable. The seminar covers the topic of classic FDM in theory, but also provides practical advice. In the end, the focus should be on your own hybrid process. A physical implementation with the 3D-Clay-Printer (WASP) is possible.

Appointments: Wednesdays 2pm - 3:30pm online (ZOOM/MOODLE) later also ceramic studio (K:G)

Tutors: M. Sc. Christina Klug (K:G)