Twisting Clay

Creative Research to Explore the Complex Rheology in Ceramic Extrusion



Emneord (Nøkkelord):

Toolmaking, Ceramic Extrusion, Rheology, 3D Printing, Clay


This paper details practice-based research exploring new creative possibilities involving the ceramic extru­sion process. The paper begins by providing a short overview of the extrusion technique, its cha­rac­teristics and some contextual coverage of the process. The paper then describes how both tacit know­ledge and theoretical material understanding have been used to overcome technical challenges through ite­ra­tive research cycles and how, ultimately, the aesthetic qualities of the extrusion process have been used to develop a body of creative work. A key theme of the research is how digital fabrication tech­no­log­ies can be used in toolmaking scenarios to deliver innovation with a process that has long been used in craft ceramics but has remained somewhat underutilised.


Tavs Jorgensen, University of the West of England

Associate Professor

Sonny Lee Lightfoot, University of the West of England

Research Associate



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Jorgensen, T., & Lightfoot, S. L. (2023). Twisting Clay : Creative Research to Explore the Complex Rheology in Ceramic Extrusion . FormAkademisk, 16(4).

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