Bryan Czibesz Workshop
The workshop will begin with presentation that puts clay 3d printers into context, both in terms of the relatively recent history of desktop 3d printings, and the adaptation of these machines to use clay. Next, building on the digital design work that students will already bring to the workshop, we will analyze some existing 3d models and contextualize some basic digital design strategies specifically for the output potential on clay 3d printers. This will include introducing modeling strategies in 3d modeling programs (Rhinoceros 3d, Fusion 360), as well as ways of manipulating both the models and the 3d printer parameters in 3d file preparation software (Cura, Slic3r). This discussion of both modeling and file preparation will allow students to establish modes of working that engage questions of precision (digital code and mechanization) as well as the handedness of clay as a 3d printed material output (imprecision, gesture, the unexpected). Because the 3d printed output is regular clay, we will then discuss practical approaches to working with 3d printed parts combined with hand formed clay parts, including finishing. The workshop will then challenge students to navigate back and forth between making and manipulating in both the digital environment and by hand with the objects in their clay form. This will allow a conduit between the possibility of forms conceived in the digital environment and the ways of working in clay already embedded in the history of working in ceramics.
Brian will give a lecture about his work at 12:45 pm on Wednesday, April 17 in CAPA Symposium.