Science + Technology + Arts (STArts) Digital Craftsmanship in Art and Design - Chinese Ceramics

Project: Research

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In June 2018, Chinese Scientists achieved to 3D print ceramics in microgravity using lunar dust – continuing 10000 years of exploration in the use of new materials, novel craftsmanship methods and technological innovation in the development of Chinese Ceramics.Contrariwise, in the field of conservation/preservation of cultural artefacts, 3D printing is used not to innovate, yet to replicate either part of damaged artefacts or entire pieces based on 3D scans of the originals. The resulting surrogates are often criticized for their inauthenticity. If used only as a replicating technology, 3D printing currently seems to be unable to transfer essential aspects of craft and material ontology of cultural artefacts such as tool marks, material haptics or the patina – the so-called aura of cultural objects made by hand.Through our previous research into ceramic glazings and their translation into new surfaces for 3D printing, we are uniquely positioned together with the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG), to investigate transfer methods of Chinese Ceramics - to combine scientific, historical, cultural and technical considerations – to analyze and reflect authenticity in 3D printing as innovation in the sector of museum collections and as a craftsmanship.This research will articulate new forms and material expressions for 3D printing based on the analysis and adaptation of traditional ceramic production procedures. It includes the modification of the toolpath for 3D printers, and new transfer methods from 3D scanned traditional crafted ceramic artefacts to 3D objects and their production specificity in 3D printing. This will allow the creation of a transfer of the traditional craft into new ceramics, based on 3D scans of selected artefacts of the UMAG’s study collection as comparative analysis and furthermore, hybridization based on traditional qualities of the 3D scanned historic artefacts. This investigation will thus establish a novel form of museum collection.The research will be presented as a public exhibition in the UMAG in 2021/22, showcasing the developed tools, material applications, design methods and new ceramic objects in context with the ceramic collection. To engage a wider public audience of researchers, artists and designers, we will organise a symposium with invited guests from the field of ceramic arts, material science, craft and computer-aided manufacturing. We will edit the symposium's recording as a publication. We will publish research findings in academic journals, which address the crossover of science and technology into art. 


Project number9043267
Grant typeGRF
Effective start/end date1/01/22 → …