Creative approaches in Digital Craft through the Application of Waterjet: The Development of Marquetry, Construction and Design in Studio Glass

Troli, Margareth (2011) Creative approaches in Digital Craft through the Application of Waterjet: The Development of Marquetry, Construction and Design in Studio Glass. Doctoral thesis, University of Sunderland.

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Abstract

This research is concerned with the engagement of waterjet cutting (a CAD/CAM
technology mainly used in industrial production) from the perspective of a
designer-maker. The research focus is on practical investigations in the field of
ʻStudio Glassʼ a sub-branch of ʻStudio Craftʼ. Novel technical approaches of
interlocking, construction, fusing and casting were developed through investigation
and engagement with waterjet cutting, glass and a range materials to aid in the
making of glass artifacts.
Methods for creating ‘Marquetry’ in glass by interlocking shapes and reliefpatternmaking
are made explicit through tests and artworks. Flexible materials,
heat-resistant materials and porous materials were cut to aid in mould production
for glass. The testing of interlocking by offset and topographic layering established
potential routes for developing artworks.
This research project has developed new technical and creative approaches for
‘Studio Glass’ through combining waterjet cutting with kiln-forming techniques.
This project was achieved through practice-led research based on a ‘multi-method’
approach, by lending approaches from identified methodologies such as Bicoleur
and Adopted Naturalistic Inquiry. Collaboration and facilitating projects proved that
the research also have a wider application potential.
The research journey shows evidence of how access to a digital fabrication
technology has influenced and inspired the development of a new visual language
for the researcher. It is also evident that strategies for developing ideas, as well as
working-methods have changed as a consequence of employing CAD/CAM. Ideas
inspired from the use of technology changed throughout the research. Initially
works were based on testing, but were later were inspired by findings and as the
waterjet became second nature to the researcher.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Glass and Ceramics > Glass
Divisions: Collections > Theses
Depositing User: Barry Hall
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 08:48
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2016 08:48
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/6499

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