"For L’Artisan Electronique, Unfold modified an open source 3d printer to
On the other side of the ceramic printer, Unfold created a virtual
pottery wheel in collaboration with Tim Knapen. This pottery wheel gives
visitors a chance to ‘turn’ their own forms. At regular intervals, a
selection of these designs is printed in clay and exhibited in the
In L’Artisan Electronique, pottery, one of the oldest artisanal
techniques for making utilitarian objects, is combined with new digital
techniques. The virtual pottery wheel was realsied by means of a
3D-scanner and digital design software. However, the installation still
clearly refers to the artisanal process of working in clay. The printing
process imitates the traditional technique used by ceramicists, in
which the form is built up by stacking coils of clay.
L’Artisan Electronique is an installation commissioned by Z33 Art Centre
for the exhibition Design by Performance and developed in collaboration
with Tim Knapen and the RepRap community.