Architecture Students Present 3D Work at National Ceramics Conference

Three people sitting at a table with a laptop computer and some objects
From left: Jeremy Bilotti (B.Arch. '18), David Rosenwasser (B. Arch. '18), and Sonya Mantell (B.Arch. '18) present their work as part of the Clay Fab-Lab exhibition at the annual NCECA symposium. photo / provided
brown and blue glazed ceramic spiral with webbing detail
Glazed ceramic component detail from Traces Of Making, Bilotti and Rosenwasser's collaborative 2018 thesis project. photo / provided
image of a robotic arm laying down threads of terra cotta clay in a pattern
A six-axis robotic arm constructing a porous, radially woven building component for Traces Of Making, Bilotti and Rosenwasser's collaborative 2018 thesis project. photo / provided
work samples of 3d printed clay models arranged in a grid.
Samples made by Mantell and Rosenwasser for Sabin's 2017 option studio, titled Clay Non-Wovens, that demonstrate light-filtering capability with changes in patterning and porosity. photo / provided
White porous 3d blocks against a white background
Work sample from Polybrick 2.0, a Sabin Design Lab project by Jingyang Leo Liu (M.Arch. '15, M.S. '18), David Rosenwasser, and Jenny Sabin that uses bone formation as a means of creating structure and porosity. photo / provided
From left: Jeremy Bilotti (B.Arch. '18), David Rosenwasser (B. Arch. '18), and Sonya Mantell (B.Arch. '18) present their work as part of the Clay Fab-Lab exhibition at the annual NCECA symposium. photo / provided Glazed ceramic component detail from Traces Of Making, Bilotti and Rosenwasser's collaborative 2018 thesis project. photo / provided A six-axis robotic arm constructing a porous, radially woven building component for Traces Of Making, Bilotti and Rosenwasser's collaborative 2018 thesis project. photo / provided Samples made by Mantell and Rosenwasser for Sabin's 2017 option studio, titled Clay Non-Wovens, that demonstrate light-filtering capability with changes in patterning and porosity. photo / provided Work sample from Polybrick 2.0, a Sabin Design Lab project by Jingyang Leo Liu (M.Arch. '15, M.S. '18), David Rosenwasser, and Jenny Sabin that uses bone formation as a means of creating structure and porosity. photo / provided
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April 11, 2018

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