For the past few months, I've been experimenting with computational ceramics. There is lots of gorgeous work being done in 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 maleable--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.