Virtual Ceramic Art
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There is a new breed
of ceramic artist emerging, namely the virtual ceramist - the ceramic
artist delving into 'new technologies' such as 3D imaging and CAD/CAM.
This new type of ceramics has been dubbed 'virtual ceramics' or
K. Inoue is an artist from Japan that also has programming skills
and has created an extensive site featuring stereogrphic stills,
shockwave titles and quicktime movies of his ceramic
work. The shockwave tiltles include a time telling clock,
virtual fireworks and morphing ceramics. The artist
has also created a range of VRML models of various ceramic forms,
but these require the Cosmo Player or Live 3D plug ins.
Jeroen Bechtold is a porcelain
artist from Amsterdam, Netherlands, that has created quite
a bit of virtual work using CAD/CAM design software. He has used
the medium of the computer in such a way as to defy
gravity and create ceramic works which would otherwise be
impossible to create. He divides his work into Virtual
Clay and CAD/CAM.
Of 'Virtual Clay', Jeroen says "you can make shapes, deform them
and re-arrange them in every way you want, just like with clay.
The big advantage is that it takes less time and material to do
so with Virtual Clay." The CAD/CAM
page speaks of Jeroen's experience as a designer of ceramics, using
the software program DeskArtes.
Damon Moon, an artist
from Melbourne, Australia and I have been working on a virtual ceramics
project called "Imagined Landscapes: The Tasman Map Reconfigured".
This project utilises the outline of a 17th C map of Australia,
made by Abel Tasman, as a template to creat virtual objects
in a 3D modelling program. The historical background also
plays an important part in the project as does the link to Delft
ceramics, reflected in the surfaces chosen to clad the
objects with. We have also created a mixed media sculpture
which is currently touring South-East Asia alongside some
stereographic images of the work.
INTERSECT, the International Society for Electronic Craft
is now bringing all these virtual artists together. I believe that
there are many more virtual craft artists around and hope that some
of you might come forward and make me aware of your work (not only
of 'virtual ceramics', but other crafts also), especially considering
the fact that I am currently curating a show of 'Virtual Craft'
and am calling for submissions for this international exhibition,
which I'm sure will prove to be very exciting and probably the first
of it's kind anywhere.