Practitioners’ Experience in Clay 3D Printing: Metaphorical viewing for gaining embodied understanding

Priska Falin, Nur Horsanali, Flemming Tvede Hansen, Maarit Mäkelä

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of BICCS 2021 - Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences. Special Issue
EditorsCamilla Groth, Tina Westerlund, Gunnar Almevik
Place of PublicationOslo
PublisherOslo Metropolitan University
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2021
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventBiennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences - The Craft Laboratory, Mariestad, Sweden
Duration: 4 May 20216 May 2021

Publication series

NameFormAkademisk - Research Journal of Design and Design Education
PublisherOslo Metropolitan University
ISSN (Electronic)1890-9515


ConferenceBiennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences
Abbreviated titleBICCS
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  • Practice
  • Experience
  • Clay 3D printing
  • Embodied understanding
  • Metaphor


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