For the past few months, I've been experimenting with computational ceramics. It's a fascinating emerging discipline. Much of the focus has been on 3d-printed ceramics. See for example, this lovely work by Nervous System and Ronald Rael.
I've been taking a different approach, using a laser cutter to make templates for slab-based clay constructions. I use the laser to cut computationally designed patterns out of silicone. I press these patterns into a flat sheet of clay (a slab), and then fold the clay into three-dimensional shapes.
Clay is a marvelous and completely new medium for me. It's both forgiving - endlessly malleable - and exacting - it retains a remarkable memory of what you've done to it. The number of variables is bracing: the computational pattern, the craft of slab building, the choice of clay, the firing processes, and the seemingly limitless universe of glazes. Here are some of my failures:
I'm fascinated by the way that ceramics can become part of everyday life. It's great fun to drink morning coffee out of these.