Unique Collaboration: Clay Studio and DZA

In a unique collaboration between 3D Artist-in-Residence Cheryl Myrbo’s Clay Studio and the Daniel Zalik Academy (DZA), Honor Ceramics students Connor Voynich and Carmi Nemhauser designed and produced essential tools for future Weber potters.

Using 3D printers and the laser cutter, Connor and Carmi developed stamps and tools for designing and shaping clay. Typically design stamping tools are made out of clay and used to imprint designs, textures, and pottery shapes. “These tools are expensive and have limitations when crafted from clay,” shared Ms.Myrbo. “After problem-solving and ideation, Connor and Carmi realized that these restrictions presented a great opportunity to collaborate with the DZA.”

Connor used the online 3-D modeling program Tinkercad to design the Hebrew alphabet and then 3D-printed individual letters as stamps for use on any wet clay. The finished stamps will be a valuable tool for creating meaningful textures and patterns in future clay pieces.

Carmi was determined to find a way to create a tool to help modify the shape and straighten the walls of pots made on the wheel. As with any product development process, he made and tested a prototype using the laser printer and sander and then produced a series of modified versions until he landed on the one that worked best. Ms. Myrbo was thrilled with the final products the students created, saying, “Having the DZA around the corner from the clay studio, with its array of resources, tools, and skilled teachers, will continue to improve the clay studio for future students!” 
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