From knife to hammer to 3d printer, the influence of tools on a design is not to be underestimated. Yet for a long time the instruments of production were closed systems. This is now changing. Following the personal computer and a range of digital advances, the advent of the personal fabricator has provoked a revival of the idea of “making your own things.” There is a new species of design, semi-industrial craft, and although the definition of craft often refers to work by hand, in this context it reflects a renewed interest in building knowledge through repetition and practice of a skilled trade using the aid of tools.
Unfold’s 3d printer for ceramics not only harnesses the potential of new technology and materials but also projects the past history of specific techniques into the future. The printer has a great resonance with the way traditional potters handled clay, however because of its ability to produce such fine layers, new forms are possible.
The ceramic 3d printer is used in the installation L’Artisan Electronique.
Photos by Kristof Vrancken