Great Things to People is a studio involved in explorations in architecture, art and design, located Santiago, Chile. “We are in a continuous process of research and experimentation in digital crafting, promoting new encounters between the technologies for projecting and the richness of the local expressed in traditional materials and techniques.”
Their 3D pottery printer is not directly digital at all, but a fabulous rig that allows them to “work in the translation of computational logics and automations process in the material world through an analog machine.” Showing how they make their beautifully organic, assymetrical work is much easier than trying to explain it:
In essence, the angles and rigging of the fabric form and the liquidity of the pottery mixture will determine the end result.
Or in GT2P’s words: “…we work in the translation of computational logics and automations process in the material world through an analog machine that allow us articulating physical variables in real time, as gravity, fluid weight, fabric tensions, size and material, position and number of anchor points in XYZ, horizontal limit to get a flat bottom, slipcasting volumes, dry times, pottery viscosity, type of potteries (ceramic, gres, porcelain, etc.), water quantity, thickness of shell, etc.” Whew!
Using simple materials —wood, fabric, grommets — they defy the usual idea of a 3D printer and push limits in crafting of pottery.
More images of gt2p’s beautiful pottery here.
via Design Milk