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bits to atoms

  • Medalta 713 Medalta Avenue Southeast Medicine Hat, AB, T1A 3K9 Canada (map)

bits to atoms

Monday, July 20 – Wednesday, July 29, 2015
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Daily Lunch Provided
$1,895 + GST (CDN)

Instructors: James Kuehn and Aaron Nelson

The world of digital design (the bits) and its output to 3D printers is forever changing the way that artists and designers create. In the world of ceramics how do we translate this new digital movement into a permanent media (the atoms)?

In this two week intensive workshop, students will be introduced to a sampling of digital rendering programs, 3D scanning,  printing, mold making, slip casting and finally firing. 

The course will be divided into two components. The digital component will take place at Medicine Hat College and will involve using a variety of software tools, including a pre-course video tutorial.  Students will then output their designs to the 3D printer. In addition there will be a module on 3D scanning of pre-existing objects.

The studio component of this course will take place at the Shaw InternationalCentre for Contemporary Ceramics at Medalta. In the studio, students will learn the process of making plaster and rubber molds from their 3D printed models. Using these molds, students will then be able to translate their digitally rendered models into the permanent media of ceramics. These pieces can then be glazed and fired in a variety of ways.

This workshop will merge thirty thousand years of ceramics technology with emerging digital tools to produce objects that have never been before been possible.

Fee includes:

Daily lunch provided
24 hour Medalta studio access
Access to College facilities 7am-11pm daily
Full access to the entire Historic Clay District site
All support materials



Later Event: July 21
Intro to Screenprinting