Printing with Clay

As technology advances, there is much discussion about the role of the maker’s hand in craft. In late October the Ceramics department welcomed visiting artist Bryan Czibesz to campus for a two-day workshop in which students first helped to build a 3D ceramic printer and then used it to execute complex digital designs that would otherwise be impossible to create.

The printer works much like a standard 3D printer, but instead of using molten plastic it extrudes paste-like clay. It then builds the desired form with layers of clay coil (see the image above of work created by Czibesz). A great advantage of 3D printing with ceramics rather than plastic is that the form produced is still wet, meaning it can be manipulated before it dries.

“It’s a compelling tool for creating line in a three-dimensional fashion,” says workshop participant Dove Drury 18 CR, whose practice is fundamentally based in drawing. And as Czibesz (above) points out, “the hand and technology working together have the potential to enhance your vision and productivity.”

Each of the roughly 20 students who took part in the workshop had the opportunity to modify designs Czibesz provided in Rhino and then create a highly textured vessel.

This blog post was originally published on the Rhode Island School of Design blog.

Anina Major