Clay Fab Lab
Touch meets technology in room 2504 A (Level 2) of the Kansas City Convention Center

Clay Fab Lab from NCECA 2016. We are live and streaming beginning at 9am central at

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With the support of 92Y Virtual Clay, Skutt Kilns, Shapeways, Anne W. Bracker, West Virginia University, and presenting artists, Clay Fab Lab represents a new conference experience with clay, touch, and technology.

Emergence of new technologies and their application to ceramic art and learning represent exciting possibilities that will influence the field’s continued evolution in the 21st century. Many of these technologies are becoming more accessible and some are even DIY…

Visit Clay Fab Lab to explore an innovation space where artists, learners, and teachers will share ideas and methods, while discussing challenges and opportunities of creating with clay in new ways.

2016 Clay Fab Lab programming has been developed in consultation with Shoji Satake of West Virginia University and Andy Brayman of the Matter Factory in Kansas City.

Photo: Brian Czibesz

THURSDAY, MARCH 17
EMOJI INTERACTIVE STACKING PROJECT, FAR (Facility for Arts Research at Florida State University)
Holly Hanessian, Carolyn Henne and Windham Graves-

Interact with a series of digitally fabricated press molds to create an interlocking and stackable group of 3D clay objects. All are invited to come stamp and work on the wet clay pieces with the plastic fabricated emoji’s. After each piece is individually worked on, they will be put together, creating a larger object from the many multiples. A webcam will show how the project evolves over time.

9:00am–9:30am LECTURE: AMPLIFIED TOUCH, Andy Brayman
Using custom built hardware and software, I aim to show my daily approach to making in the studio. This involves traversing the spectrum of low-tech and high-tech methods to make pottery that strives to be experimental, thought provoking and beautiful.

10:00am–12:30pm DEMONSTRATIONS: Andy Brayman and Bryan Czibesz/ Richard Burkett

1:00pm–1:30pm CO-LECTURE: DESIGN INSIGHTS FOR CERAMIC 3D PRINTING, Greg Pugh and Max Kaeter
Tethon 3D manufactures supplies and products for ceramic 3D printing. The company also provides 3D scanning, modeling and ceramic 3D printing services.

2:00pm–3:30pm DEMONSTRATIONS, Tethon 3D and Jill Wiggins of Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

4:00- 4:30pm DIY CERAMIC 3D PRINTERS FOR EXPERIMENTATION AND COLLABORATION, Bryan Czibesz

Sharing global resources is at the heart of the DIY 3D printing community. The increasing availability of inexpensive materials and an open source knowledge base has facilitated their application in ceramics studios and institutions worldwide. Extrusion-based ceramic 3D printers can print any clay and can be combined with any other studio process, allowing these digital tools to be combined with hand forming methods and facilitating experimentation and collaboration across all studio processes.

FRIDAY, MARCH 18

9am–4pm EMOJI INTERACTIVE STACKING PROJECT FAR (Facility for Arts Research at Florida State University)
Holly Hanessian, Carolyn Henne and Windham Graves- Continuing from prior day…

9:00am–9:30am CO-LECTURE: TEACHING TECHNOLOGY: CHALLENGES AND REWARDS
Anna Calluori Holcombe and Shoji Satake
3D printing is “just another tool in the tool box,” but the implementation of this technology within the ceramics curriculum has its challenges. Among those are facilities, funding and competent staffing. The rewards become evident as students embrace the technology to carry out their concept in a unique way not possible without it.

10:00am–12:30pm DEMONSTRATIONS, Keith Simpson and Jo Kamm

1:00pm–1:30pm LECTURE: OCCULT TECHNICIANS – EXPLORING THE POETICS OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND CERAMICS, Del Harrow, Camille Friedman-Gerlicz, Grant Landreth

Harrow, Friedman-Gerlicz and Landreth will present approaches they are exploring through their own studio work with computer aided design and clay. This presentation will discuss methodologies and techniques for parametric modeling and hybrid digital/analog fabrication. Demonstrated processes will include Grasshopper parametric modeling for Rhino, CNC machining, and direct 3D printing clay. Friedman-Gerlicz and Landreth are both currently enrolled in the Special Student program at Colorado State University.

2:00pm–3:30pm DEMONSTRATIONS, Del Harrow, Camille Friedman-Gerlicz, Grant Landreth, Brooks Oliver

4:00-4:30pm LECTURE: TOOLING WITH THE 3D PRINTER, Brooks Oliver
I am curious about ways in which new technologies can influence my process working with clay; and, vice versa, how my practice working with clay can impact my interactions within Computer Aided Design. My presentation will discuss my process and how I have used 3D printers to generate customized tools to aid in the creation of my work.

Special thanks to Shapeways, Skutt, Virtual Clay, Bracker’s and WVU!

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