Here are some tea bowls made by Chris Gustin that were on exhibit at the Archie Bray Show in Kansas City. I was blown away when I first encountered them. I wondered how the heck did he get texture both inside and out. I was then to learn this is the work of a 3D printer.
When I was the presenter this past summer at the Potters Festival in Wales they had me on stage with a guy using a 3D printer to make a vase. This thing was going crazy putting thousands of little coils down to make a vase. I just wanted to go over and give the pot a poke. It was so perfect.
I love what Chris has done here. I feel like a do-do bird in terms of the process. I assume he scanned the image of a couple of his tea bowls and the rest is the rest is geek wizardry.
There once was a time at NCECA when this dude from Minnesota would show his beautiful handmade treadle wheels with a copper splash pan and made from some beautiful wood like cherry or yellow oak. I used to salavate over these wheels. I remember them being pricey like $2800. I'd have bought one for my living room they were that beautiful.
If this flu I brought home from NCECA doesn't kill me I may be able to hang on just long enough to escape learning to be a technoweenie potter. Steve Godfrey from Alaska will be sculpting me as a knob on one of his porcelain jars.