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This work was produced in the early 1990's. It represents my first attempts to integrate many of my interest .. computer technology .. physics .. tiling .. with my ceramics practice. The pieces are constructed using conic building block designed to fit together in various ways. I used these simple forms to simplify the mold making  process and to exercise my interest in recombinant processes.


The graphics and structural feeling derive from my love of Persian ceramics/architecture coupled with my interest in modern mathematics as it pertains to physics and tiling.  Autocad and Illustrator were used in the design  of the molds and graphic stencils.  The molds were produced using traditional mold making techniques but the stencils were produced using sign making stencil cutters.   I was very limited in what I could technically do at the time (1990) so I focused on the integrative theory behind project.  I wanted to pursue more complex forms but CNC technology was very expensive at the time.  The pieces are slip cast earthenware with overgraze.

Coming from a "


" haptic stoneware background it was difficult for me to adjust to the this new techtonic ceramic aesthetic. It is my belief that growth comes from challenging one's "models of meaning". . . so I purposefully set out to make things that, at the time, offended my aesthetics.  Of course one might wonder how I could deal with a Cardew/Volkous schism; given their seemingly antagonistic outlooks on clay.  I address this issue here.

But it is my view that CNC and 3D software has come along way since then. I have spent a lot of time in the ensuing years on and off building CNC machines to produce objects of a more complex nature. I hope to produce and show new work in 2010.

See: Working with Machines and Software.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2012 10:45 )