Letting music and a 3D printer to shape ceramics. via fastcodesign
Instead of using a potter’s wheel or cast to make his ceramics, Van Herpt builds digitally controlled clay extruders that are essentially 21st-century takes on the traditional coil pot. The machines create intricately patterned and complex sculptural pieces that would be damn near impossible to do by hand without years and years of training.
For Solid Vibrations, Van Herpt teamed up with sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven. They rigged a speaker to sit directly beneath the 3-D printer, which emits a very low-pitched sound. (While the artists used ambient droning in their demonstration video, one can only imagine what other songs with heavy bass would look like.) As the printer gradually pipes each pot, the vibrations subtly move the vessel to create moiré patterns that look almost like textile knits in the clay.