Playful Prototyping: digital fabrication in clay – C0102-18

Date: Jun 04 - 15, 2018

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Brooks Oliver

Tuition: $1,195
Studio Fee: $195
Registration Fee: $45


Combine modern technology with age-old ceramics practices in a fun and lively workshop designed to be a playful exploration in developing forms with the help of digital tools. With the aid of 3-D printers and the CNC mill, students create prototypes for slip casting and press molding clay. We examine how these new innovative technologies can be an extension of our hands and how they inform process and influence design. You are encouraged to play and experiment with these tools in order to expand your own visual language.


We explore beginning and intermediate computer-aided design (CAD), focusing predominantly on Rhino 3D, the CNC milling machine and 3-D printing for generating prototypes using blue foam and PLA filament. Students make plaster molds for slip casting and press molding. We use cone 10 clays for firing in oxidation and reduction.


Each day includes demonstrations focused around software and digital fabrication techniques followed by hands-on work with machines, plaster and clay.


Brooks Oliver is a ceramics instructor and program coordinator at the University of North Texas and a studio artist based out of Dallas, Texas. He received his M.F.A. from Penn State University. Brooks was a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, a recipient of NCECA’s 2017 Emerging Artist Award, and has taught in Jingdezhen, China, with West Virginia University.

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