Architecture Students Present 3D Work at National Ceramics Conference
Jeremy Bilotti (B.Arch. '18), Sonya Mantell (B.Arch. '18), and David Rosenwasser (B.Arch. '18) presented their work at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) annual symposium in Pittsburgh in March. Together, they discussed their collaborative projects in 3D-printed ceramics including Clay Non-Wovens (2017); Traces of Making, an ongoing project that Bilotti and Rosenwasser are developing for their bachelor of architecture thesis project; and other works that were conceived of and created in Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger Associate Professor Jenny Sabin's Sabin Design Lab in the Department of Architecture.
Bilotti, Mantell, and Rosenwasser gave an hour-long lecture as part of the larger three-day symposium that included dozens of talks, workshops, demonstrations, and exhibitions such as Clay Fab-Lab. Clay Non-Wovens, Traces of Making, and samples from Sabin Design Lab projects were all included in the Clay Fab-Lab exhibition that provided an additional opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the students' collaborative process, material innovation, and architectural perspective on clay and technology.
"The lectures and Clay Fab-Lab at NCECA were an extraordinary opportunity for exchange of knowledge," commented Rosenwasser. "We were able to share our own advanced digital ceramic research from Cornell while also learning from and forming relationships with some of the world's experts on ceramic arts. While we have access to advanced robotic technology at Cornell within the Sabin Design Lab, the NCECA community is unparalleled in their knowledge of ceramic as a material."
The NCECA is an award-winning nonprofit organization that holds an annual symposium in a different U.S. city each year to further their mission to cultivate, engage, and sustain a community around teaching and learning the ceramic arts. This year, symposium attendees saw presentations of groundbreaking student work and heard from leading figures in 3D-printed ceramic innovation such as Ron Rael, an associate professor of architecture at University of California–Berkeley and the CEO of Emerging Objects maker lab.
By Edith Fikes