Roderick Bamford on 3D Printing
Friday November 04 2011
As a follow up to my 3D clay printing demonstration at Object Gallery, here’s a little more information about the 3D printer. In addition to clay, it’s been used to print different types of paste, including icing sugar, nutella, cream, and snacks for guests at an exhibition. opening. When the device returns from the HYPERCLAY show, I’ll be continuing to print in porcelain, bone china and ceramic studio waste. For now, the downtime provides a good opportunity to fill in some background.
The concept of ‘3D printing‘ embodies a number of grand futuristic promises, feted in some circles as the future of manufacturing or as a new paradigm in consumer shopping, where 3D printing will deliver ‘shopping on demand’ via your own personal desktop printer. As the technology’s growth curve accelerates, prices decrease, and the types of processes and materials capable of being ‘printed’ expands , the term ‘additive manufacturing’ has emerged to describe the technological genre. Today, 3D printing machines can create objects in a range of materials: metals; plastics of different strength, hardness and flexibility; stone like materials in full CMYK colour; food; concrete, and; ceramic.
Jacqueline Clayton — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday November 02 2011
Welcome to the fourth instalment of our 8-part series, profiling the artists featured in our current exhibition, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics — we’re now at the halfway point. You can catch up on all of the previous entries here.
This week: Jacqueline Clayton.
Clayton was at the Australian National University studying Japanese language and history, becoming more and more interested in Japanese culture and artifacts, when she moved to Japan, attaching herself to a university with a strong Arts faculty. It was whilst she was here that she was introduced to ceramics, and the power of the medium, before returning to Australia and committing herself to ceramics study at East Sydney Technical College.
Early on, her work was very influenced by Japanese culture and history, but she increasingly became fascinated with the idea that an arts practice can itself become a voice. As such, for Clayton, producing a work became a way of working through ill-formed ideas and making them more visible to herself.
Stephen Bird — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday October 26 2011
Welcome to instalment number 3 of our 8-part series, each week introducing you to another of the artists in our current exhibition, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics. Catch up on the previous entries here.
This week: Stephen Bird.
Bird came to ceramics via drawing and painting — after he finished studying he spent 13 years “expanding the parameters of painting into the third dimension”, in his own words. Then, in 1996, he was given a bag of clay and spent the winter making small figurines and firing them in the wood stove he used to keep his studio warm. Click here to find a video of Bird discussing his process — this video is on of four dedicated to Bird housed within the iPad app included in the exhibition.
Roderick Bamford — HYPERCLAY
Friday October 21 2011
This week: Roderick Bamford.
Bamford has a number of works on display, but they all centre around 3D printing. Pride of place, and hard to miss, is the big, open, rectangular printer he has installed in Object Gallery, though the printer is not going on tour — click on the image gallery to find a video of him demonstrating the printer the day after the show opened. (Note that the video of the printer in action has been sped up immensely — it actually took about twenty minutes to create this piece.) Click here to find a video of Bamford discussing his process in our Video & Audio Gallery — this video is one of the four dedicated to Bamford housed within the iPad app that forms part of the exhibition.
Walter Auer — HYPERCLAY
Wednesday October 12 2011
Welcome to the first of our 8-part series, where each week we will introduce you to one of the artists involved in our current exhibition, HYPERCLAY: Contemporary Ceramics. You can see the rest of the series by clicking here.
This week: Walter Auer.
Auer’s two works on display at Object Gallery, entitled The Anarchist, 2011 and The Insider, 2011, take a unique approach to ceramics. While they appear slipcast (where a liquid clay ‘slip’ is poured into a mould), they are in fact mummified, or petrified, in terra sigillata, which is a liquid containing the smallest and lightest clay particles. Auer has taken stuffed bears, removed their fillings and replaced them with wood shavings, before soaking them in this terra sigillata, proposing and shaping them, and then firing them in a kiln. A video, one of those featured in the iPad app within the exhibition, explaining the process in more depth is available in our Video & Audio Gallery, by clicking here.
Thursday August 11 2011
I have a love for insects, they are beautiful and tiny and even though they roam around almost unnoticed, they are a big part of the environment and help out with the general maintenance of the earth.
Ants and bees are amongst my favourite, little hardworkers who make our life very pleasurable too, with pollination and honey.
In my ant-obsessed world I started making and drawing ants a little while ago, so when I discovered Sandra Bowkett, a Victorian-based artist who works with porcelain and creates these little marvels, my day for a little ray of light brighter. Her porcelain and ceramics range is made up of a bunch of different images that remind you of every day life. Porcelain brooches of insects and of course including ants. I confess that when I discovered them I gave in and got myself a double ant and a bee. The bee came in just yesterday and I jumped at it before we even put it out with the rest of her display (sorry, it was love at first sight!).
If you’re in Sydney, pop into Collect for some lovely insects and crochet – I guarantee you’ll love them!
Saturday May 21 2011
Ok so winter is here! What you need is a nice cup of tea, a good book and a toasty fire to curl up in front of. Failing that, we do have some very exciting new ceramics and textiles that we promise will make the transition from autumn into winter a little easier. As the weather gets colder the best thing to do it surround yourself with comfy, cosy things and definitely drink lots of tea!
The ever popular hand thrown terracotta and earthenware serving bowls by Cath O’Gorman are back in Collect. These gorgeous colours are the ideal thing to brighten up your days this winter.
The new range of handmade Crazy Paving Coasters and Table Mats from Gaye Abandon are perfect for winter time. They are 100% wool, made from upcycled felted jumpers. Starting at $42 for a set, they are heat resistant, reversible and just what winter called for.
Saturday May 21 2011
Cath O’Gorman is one of our ceramic artists and oh my how we love her work. In beautiful earthy colours and tones she creates a range of different sized Ceramic Serving Bowls that are just perfect for decoration, using as a fruit bowl or just treating your guests to the lovely meal you just made for dinner.
The beauty of her work is that it’s handmade, like most of our designs and objects. So if you are looking for the perfect present or want to treat yourself, drop by and check her out. Cath O’Gorman has also been featured as part of the styling in photoshoots for Master Chef Magazine. Stay dry and keep the vitamins updated!