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The Changing World: New Technologies

Anna Calluori Holcombe

Venue: Manning Clarke Theatre 1, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra ACT 2600


Thursday, 9 July 2015 11:05 am – 11:15 am

It’s Only Another Tool in the Toolbox: The Use of New Technologies in the Ceramics Studio

With almost daily developments in 3D scanning and printing, the ceramic artist can feel overwhelmed and even threatened.   The popular theory of craft requiring the touch of the hand is incongruous with the reality of using computer software and a machine to produce an object.   And yet, artists have the ability to use this technology, which has recently become much more economically realistic and accessible. It can be used to design, model and prototype and even print ceramic objects. Anna Holcombe will present her personal process of scanning and printing clay models for mold making and porcelain slip casting pieces used in assemblage fashion to create work.  She will also present work of ceramic artists and designers using these technologies for both prototyping and manufacturing.  Anna will make the case that this new and accessible technology, is just another tool available to the ceramic artist.


Image: Anna Holcombe, Piante 44, Jingdezhen porcelain, slip cast, 3D scanned and printed models, pâte de verre glass, 4.5 x 10 x 9 inches, 2013. Image courtesy of the artist


Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Australian National University Canberra Potters' Society Strathnairn Arts Association The Australian Ceramics Association