We recently had the pleasure of meet Guillermo Parada and Tamara Pérez ( gt2p | Great Things to People ) during the last edition of Design Days Dubai a couple of weeks ago. They present the Catenary Pottery Printer, an interesting Printer that can generate pottery with non-standard results. More art and craft and less mass production.
“What if Parametric is not digital?
What if Parametric is analogous?
What if Parametric is more about materiality and forces?”
This is part of an exploration on how to create standard machines that generate non-standard results, mixing analog numerical control with traditional material and techniques integrated in one real-time process, suggesting that the parametric design is not necessarily a digital computation methodology.
For this purpose, Guillermo and Tamara work in the translation of computational logics and automations process in the material world through an analog machine that allow they articulating physical variables inreal time, as gravity, fluid weight, fabric tensions, size and material, position and number of anchor points in XYZ, horizontaln limit to get a flat bottom, slipcasting volumes, dry times, pottery viscosity, type of potteries (ceramic, gres, porcelain, etc.), water quantity, thickness of shell, etc. Crossing these formal and material results with some functions they can create tableware, candle holders, hanging lights and appliques, for example. We even have the possibility to change scale and produce larger objects, as tables, stools, mirrors, etc., using wax instead of pottery for lost wax casting processes (aluminum, brass, cooper) or catalyzed resin and so on.