Practitioners’ Experience in Clay 3D Printing

Metaphorical viewing for gaining embodied understanding


  • Priska Falin Aalto University
  • Nur Horsanali Aalto University
  • Flemming Tvede Hansen The Royal Danish Academy
  • Maarit Mäkelä Aalto University


Emneord (Nøkkelord):

Practice, Experience, Clay 3D printing, Embodied understanding, Metaphor


In the context of artistic research, making has been traditionally understood as a process between the maker and the material. However, the digitalization that influences all practices brings us new kinds of making processes in which the ‘digital tools’ have a profound impact on the practitioner’s experience – also in the context of art, craft and design. This study explores the maker’s experience from a practice-led approach to understanding the subjective experience with clay 3D printing. To open up the 3D printing process with clay using our embodied understanding, the full process is viewed metaphorically – borrowing from music. The preliminary findings show that metaphorical viewing and the use of a score enables a successful review of the nature of computer-based practices in a way that all aspects and potentials fall naturally into place.


Priska Falin, Aalto University

Doctoral candidate

Nur Horsanali, Aalto University

Master of Arts

Flemming Tvede Hansen, The Royal Danish Academy

Associate Professor(PhD)

Maarit Mäkelä, Aalto University

Associate Professor (DA


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Hvordan referere

Falin, P., Horsanali, N. ., Tvede Hansen, F. ., & Mäkelä, M. (2021). Practitioners’ Experience in Clay 3D Printing: Metaphorical viewing for gaining embodied understanding. FormAkademisk, 14(2).

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