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A Brave New World for Clay

Submitted on August 1, 2019 - 5:00pm
Timea Tihanyi and 3D printer

Timea Tihanyi watches as a 3D printer builds an artwork. Before printing could begin, Tihanyi had to create computer code that would translate complex two-dimensional patterns created by mathematics faculty and students into textures to be realized in clay. Media credit: Mark Stone/University of Washington

 

In a studio filled with ceramic artworks, Timea Tihanyi concentrates on creating a porcelain vessel. Rather than hand-building the piece or throwing it on a potter’s wheel, she monitors a 3D printer that layers coils of clay to create an artwork based on her specifications.

The shelves of the studio are lined...

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