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Continuing our research in textured patterns, we are looking at ways patterns may be generated by rules. After considering several interesting possibilities, we started looking at various forms of Cellular Automata. A Cellular Automaton (CA) is a mathematical model in which special rules govern the replication, in other words the next generation (next unit, next line, next row, etc.) is based on simple preset rules. Generation can go on endlessly, leading to sometimes orderly, sometimes more chaotic patterns in both 2D and in 3D.
In this exciting collaboration with Sara Billey, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Washington, we have been coding in Sage (CoCalc) to generate and diagram iterations of such CA patterns, while also experimenting with new algorithmic and other systems for creating rules.
Building on research of basketry, weaving, crochet, knitting, etc. techniques and patterns, we've been considering various translations of these into porcelain.
See more about this research on Follow the Slip Trail.
Inspired by basket weaving and knitting, we are looking at various ways to produce surfaces by interlocking loops of porcelain.
More images are on the Slip Trail.
Cups, cups, and more cups....
Fall is here and we are getting ready for the Inaugural Open House on November 3rd!
We are making a few different design prototypes for 3D printed porcelain cups. The work is a real team effort, allowing us to test and play with glaze and finish, making each cup into a one-of-a-kind, unique piece of art.
Finished work from the summer 2017 term
We had a productive and fun summer exploring various ways for creating bold all-over textures, such as folds, bumps, ropes, wraps, winds, blips, etc. We experimented with various nozzle diameters and product dimensions and went out on a limb to show that the printer still requires the skills of a potter and the understanding of the material.
See more images of the glazed and finished pieces on Instagram.
This summer we are methodically exploring ways for creating interesting textures with the printer. There are surprising variations based on the form, how the detail was created in the design program, whether the detail is on the inside or on the outside of the form, how much space is in between textural details, the consistency of clay, and what slicer and printer settings have been applied.
Find more close-ups from the most recent selection on Instagram.
3D designed/prototyped and slipcast bone china, foam porcelain, single channel video, chalk drawing, 2016
Installation at 9e2, King Street Station, Seattle
More information: timeatihanyi.com
Created for Axiomatic, a year-long collaborative research project with Jayadev Athreya, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, University of Washington. Axiomatic explored parallels of creativity in the arts and in mathematics. Axiomatic is supported by a 2017 Simpson Center for the Humanities Collaboration Studio Grant.