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  Panel discussion at the V&A

Towards a New Ceramic Future

Event: CFPR Symposium
funded by: arts and humanities research council (Ahrc)
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum, Hochhauser Auditorium, London
Date: 17 January 2012
Solid Free Form Fabrication research project


This symposium brought together leading experts in the field of 3D printed ceramics to disseminate recent research findings, share knowledge, and to discuss scope for future developments. The event presented results of the AHRC funded project Solid Free-Form Fabrication in Fired Ceramic.

The programme of speakers represented both industry and crafts perspectives, in order to present an balanced overview of the field to a diverse audience, including artists, craftspeople and technologists.
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Stephen Hoskins: An overview of 3D print.
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David Huson: The UWE process.
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Jonathan Keep: The form is in the code.
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Tavs Jorgensen and Gayle Matthias: Glass investment casting with 3D printed moulds.
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Gary Hawley and Thomas Allen: 3D printing at Denby Pottery.
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Peter Walters: Ceramic 3D printing – a design case study.
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Panel discussion and questions chaired by Paul Scott.

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Towards a new ceramic future symposium, V&A
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Towards a new ceramic future symposium, V&A
Towards a new ceramic future symposium, V&A
Towards a new ceramic future symposium, V&A

Speaker Biographies:

Professor Stephen Hoskins

Stephen Hoskins is Hewlett Packard Professor of Fine Print and Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England Bristol. Apart from being a practising printmaker, his primary areas of research are; the potential of 3D printing and related digital technologies for the arts, plus the tactile surface of the printed artefact and its consequences for digital technology. His latest book 3D Printing for the Visual Arts (Technology That Crosses Both Art and Industry) is due to be published by Bloomsbury in early 2013.

David Huson

David Huson is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research leading internationally acclaimed research in the field of 3D rapid prototype printed ceramics. He was awarded the 2011 Saxby Medal by the Royal Photographic Society for achievement in the field of three-dimensional imaging in recognition of his pioneering research. His body of work includes A practical Re-appraisal of Continuous Tone Photo-relief Printing for Ceramics and Alternative Substrate (2000-2003). Funded by the AHRC this research explored the potential of early photo-mechanical printmaking techniques, including the Woodburytype process, for the printing of high quality photographic imagery onto ceramics and alternative substrates. This was followed by an AHRC award for The Fabrication of 3 Dimensional Art and Craft Artefacts Through Virtual Digital Construction and Output (2007-09) to carry out research into 3D rendering and 3D printing. This study was undertaken from the perspective of the artist/ craftsperson and sought to adapt generic, intermediary, industrial technologies as tools for the creation of temporary prototypes, one off, permanent bespoke or limited edition artefacts. He has an extensive industrial background, working in research and development in the ceramics industry for 20 years as a ceramic engineer, and as company director for Enoch Wedgwood Ltd, Infrared International Engineering, Phoenix Ceramics and the Moira Pottery Co.

Dr Peter Walters

Peter Walters is a RCUK Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research. His ongoing programme of research focuses on creative uses for new 3D technologies such as CAD-CAM and rapid prototyping in areas outside the “mainstream” industrial design and engineering contexts in which these technologies are currently predominantly employed. This interdisciplinary enquiry aims to identify and explore “radical” uses (and users) of new 3D technologies, expanding boundaries in terms of their applications, and opening up new possibilities and perspectives on creative practice.  He is also a visiting researcher at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a collaborative research venture between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England. Peter trained and worked as an industrial designer in Sheffield before undertaking his PhD at Sheffield Hallam University.

Gary Hawley

As   part  of  a  Masters  degree  in  Ceramic  design  for  production  at Staffordshire  University Gary  completed  a  work  placement  for the French porcelain  manufacturer  Bernardaud in Limoges and Paris, with a particular interest  in  looking  at  the  way  surface  textures  react on tableware.  Subsequently in 1996 he joined the design team at Denby Pottery and is now senior designer, he answers design briefs for new shape concepts, with one eye on trends and is constantly working on new shape possibilities for the business. He works on a broad range of products from traditional Stoneware through to Porcelain, Glass, Wood and China.  Once a shape is approved he provides a link between Denby’s various suppliers and internal production teams.   Denby use a range of 3D printing techniques to support design, marketing and production.

Dr Paul Scott

Paul Scott is well known for research into printed vitreous surfaces as well as his characteristic blue and white artworks in glazed ceramic. In 2011 he was awarded a doctorate from Manchester Metropolitan University for his MIRIAD funded, practice based research into printed landscape patterns. He has recently been appointed Professor 2 at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) Norway. Author of the seminal textbook  Ceramics and Print he is currently re-writing the original text to incorporate recent significant developments in the field.

Jonathan Keep

Jonathan Keep is an independent artist potter based on the Suffolk Coast.  A childhood and early career in South Africa has left a lasting influence, particularly on his interest in cultural diversity and the relationship of art, creativity and nature. His pots are recognisable for a strong sculptural quality with an emphasis on form. An opportunity ten years ago to investigate digital media and ceramics highlighted for Jonathan the possibilities of using computers to extend and explore our understanding of natural systems, patterns and codes. With this information he has gone on to undertake a number of portfolios of digitally generated drawings and is currently developing studio based techniques that enable him to print computer generated forms directly in ceramics. While very much in its infancy these techniques offer a glimpse of potting in a digital age. A graduate of the Royal College of Art Jonathan has exhibited widely and undertaken a number of artist residencies in the UK and abroad.

Tavs Jorgensen

Tavs Jorgensen is a research fellow at the Autonomatic Research Group, University College Falmouth. Jorgensen studied 3D Ceramic Design at Cardiff Institute and following his graduation in 1995 he established his own ceramic design consultancy, working for some of the world’s leading tableware companies. In recent years his practice has been increasingly focused on research, in particular exploring how new models of design practice can be developed on the basis of new technology tools. He still maintains an active creative practice and his work is regularly featured in national and international exhibitions. Jorgensen is a regular visiting tutor on the Ceramic and Glass course at the Royal College of Art and he is also a frequent guest lecturer at leading international universities and colleges.

Gayle Matthias

Gayle Matthias is a Senior Lecturer on the BA Hons Contemporary Craft course at University College Falmouth.  A practicing glass maker, having exhibited nationally and internationally, Gayle Matthias has work in the permanent collections of the V & A, Musee de Vianne, Ebeltoft Museum of Glass amongst others.  Previously, Gayle has worked in the Gallery Education Department at the Crafts Council, she has also been an artist in residence in France and USA and examples of her work can be found in many glass publications. Gayle has worked in a wide variety of kiln-formed glass techniques for over twenty years.  Currently, she is engaged in research into glass casting combined with digital technologies as part of the Autonomatic research cluster at University College Falmouth.  


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