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A Brave New World for Clay

Submitted by Arts & Sciences Web Team on August 1, 2019 - 5:00pm
Timea Tihanyi watching over an artwork being built using a 3D printer.
Timea Tihanyi watching over an artwork being built using a 3D printer.

Timea Tihanyi with Wanna Huang (BA, Interdisciplinary Visual Arts, 2018), creating an artwork with a 3D printer. “It’s not like a class, where the instructor knows the answer,” says Huang, one of many interns involved with Tihanyi's research. “We’re finding out the answer together, discovering whether something works or not.”
 
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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