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

Katie Vaughan

katie vaughan

PhD Student

Katie re-joined the CFPR in September 2012 to undertake a full-time PhD Funded by the AHRC. Her programme of studies is supervised by Stephen Hoskins and David Huson and is part of the AHRC funded three-year research project: Can Egyptian Paste Techniques (Faience) Be Used For 3D Printed, Solid Free-form Fabrication of Ceramics?

Faience was first used in the 5th Millennium BC and was the first glazed ceramic material invented by man. In the 1960’s Wulff in ‘Egyptian Faience a possible survival in Iran’ postulated that the technique he observed in Qom, described as cementation glazing, could have been a method used by the Egyptians from 4,000 BC. In order to glaze the unfired object, it is buried in a glazing powder, in a sagger then fired. During firing, a glaze is formed directly by chemical reaction on the surface of the body but the glaze mass as a whole does not melt. This PhD will research this method, investigating the use of coloured frits and oxides to try and create as full a colour range as possible. Once developed, this body will be used to create a ceramic extrusion paste that can be printed with a low-cost 3D printer. A programme of work will be undertaken to determine the best rates of deposition, the inclusion of flocculants and methods of drying through heat whilst printing.

Katie was formerly a Research Assistant based in the 3D printing lab at the Centre for Fine Print Research. Working with David Huson on contract research projects. Katie also undertook a feasibility study on setting up a 3D printing bureau as a service for artists and designers. Katie graduated from UWE in 2009 after completing a degree in Interdisciplinary Textile Design After exhibiting her work at New Designers that year in London, Katie started an MPhil with the Centre for Research in Analytical, Materials and Sensor Science (CRAMSS) in the Applied Science Department at UWE. Here she researched gas sensor fabrication techniques and subsequently developed a new gas sensor for medical diagnostic equipment being used at UWE, Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital and Bristol Urological Institute.