Excavating & 3D Printing Local Native Clays: Exploring Duality in Sculpture
This innovative and collaborative project exists at the intersection of art and science. DiG explores notions of duality in geography and two building methods using local native dug clay utilizing both the hand and the machine to make ceramic abstract sculpture.
I’ve been digging clay from over a dozen distinct geographical sites this year, often with more than one clay body in close proximity to another. Clay processing is an intensive and laborious process which is followed by testing the plasticity, shrinkage, and color. Simultaneously, I’ve also been setting aside a chunk from each dig and 3D scanning this with an Artec Spider 3D scanner. Importing these files into Blender and Ultimaker Cura to then be exported to my 3D Potterbot 3D clay printer is a way to infuse part of the physical site/source of material into the sculptures I am creating.