Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

David Huson

Past Research

The Fabrication of Three Dimensional Art and Craft Artefacts through Virtual Digital Construction and Output

Awarding body: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Awarded to: Professor Stephen Hoskins
Researcher participants: David Huson, Dr Peter Walters
Project duration: 2007-2010

Project details:
In 3D printing, computer-controlled machines “build” physical objects from 3D virtual models, created using computer-aided design software. Using these technologies it is possible to construct complex physical objects which would be difficult or impossible to create by any other means. Research explores novel uses for 3D printing in areas outside the industrial applications for which the technologies were developed. By identifying innovative applications for 3D printing technologies, the Centre for Fine Print Research is opening up new possibilities for creative practitioners across the art and design disciplines.

A Practical Re-appraisal of Continuous Tone Photo-relief Printing for Ceramics and Alternative Substrates

Awarding body: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Awarded to: Dr Paul Thirkell
Researcher participants: David Huson
Project duration: 2000-2003

Project details:
The Photo Relief technique, developed at the turn of the 19th Century, is one of the few methods of ceramic decoration able to reproduce a fully continuous tone image on a ceramic surface by combining the use of varying glaze and clay body depths. Despite its outstanding capacity to create a permanent, highly photographic ceramic image on a ceramic surface, the process was not a major industrial success. The tiles had a hand sculpted relief surface, form dies were used to ‘dust press’ the tiles and coat with a special stained glaze. After the 1940’s, when production finally ceased, much of the expertise relating to the process was rapidly lost.
This project analysed and translated the principles of the process attributed to George Cartlidge of Stoke on Trent into a contemporary context, through the application of CNC milling and modern glaze materials. The research team worked with artists and outputs were exhibited in City Museum, Stoke on Trent, alongside originals produced by George Cartlidge. An article was published in “Glazed Expressions” (the magazine of the Tile and Architectural Ceramics Society) and a series of talks and papers were presented at; City Museum, Stoke on Trent, American Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators, Nashville and Digital Fabrication conference, Baltimore. This research led to the establishment of the CFPR’s 3D printing laboratory supported by the Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF).