Unfold & Charles Stern

Unfold & Charles Stern

Artist

Building on two years of investigation, the project brings together the work of ceramicist Jonathan Keep, artist researcher Charles Stern and design studio Unfold. Working with a technique that applies 3D printing to the problem of ceramic and glass compatibility, the group has created an iterative process that allows for rapid testing of materials and form. The results are composite objects that possess integrity toward handmade and digital skills.

The Transaction Project, blown glass in printed ceramics (2012 - 2014) - Unfold & Charles Stern (BE/UK)

At the core of the Transaction project is a technical innovation which addresses the compatibility issues between clay and glass. Few works successfully combine these materials in a hot state because clay and glass possess different rates of contraction and expansion. Working collaboratively, the artist researcher Charles Stern and the Antwerp-based design studio Unfold used digital fabrication tools to create an iterative process allowing for rapid testing of materials and form. Utilising 3D printing as a solution, the results are composite objects that possess the integrity of both handmade and digital skills, and new ways of making, manufacturing, appropriation and distributing in a digital age.