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This Pottery Printer Explores the Boundary Between Digital and Analog Machines

This Pottery Printer Explores the Boundary Between Digital and Analog Machines
This Pottery Printer Explores the Boundary Between Digital and Analog Machines, Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria
Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria

In celebration of the inaugural Melbourne Design Week, which took place in March 2017, Chilean design studio Great Things to People (gt2P) presented their Catenary Pottery Printer, aimed at exploring the boundaries between digital and analog machines. Throughout the design festival, local designers and students used the pottery printer to create their own custom works, with visitors welcomed to watch the craft in action.

Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria + 13

Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria
Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria

Developed in collaboration with staff and students from the RMIT University School of Architecture and Design, and displayed under the Federation Court atrium at the National Gallery of Victoria, the project reveals the thought process behind the creation of non-standard objects – a process often reserved for inside computers.

Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria
Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria

Despite its technological undercurrents, gt2P’s printer operates through a low-tech system, using a fabric sling suspended at adjustable intervals to mold liquid clay into beautiful vessels. As ceramic slips, drains, and dries, one-of-a-kind objects are created. 

Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria
Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria
Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria
Courtesy of Tobias Titz / National Gallery of Victoria

News via: National Gallery of Victoria.

Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "This Pottery Printer Explores the Boundary Between Digital and Analog Machines" 17 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/869076/this-pottery-printer-explores-the-boundary-between-digital-and-analog-machines/> ISSN 0719-8884