Large Pin Bowl (2013.3)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Large Pin Bowl

Made in

Ide

Date

2012

Description

Bowl made of grey float glass, with various contours and a waved rim.

Materials and techniques

Kiln formed glass.

Reconfigurable Pin Tool used. The tool is constructed of a number of pins and perforated plates which lock the pins in place. The pins can be positioned to make one shape and then repositioned to a different form and so on. The tool is constructed entirely in stainless steel (to enable heat resistance to at least 750C). It was designed using a parametric computer modelling software (Grasshopper) and the perforated plates were manufactured (CNC laser cut) bu Luffman Engineering, Tiverton, Devon.

Dimensions

diameter:  60cm
height:  17cm

Object number

2013.3

Category

  • Large Pin Bowl, Tavs Jorgensen, 2012, Crafts Council Collection: 2013.3. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Large Pin Bowl, Tavs Jorgensen, 2012, Crafts Council Collection: 2013.3. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

Maker's statement

This piece is one of the creative outputs from a research project undertaken by me at the Autonomatic Research Group (Falmouth University). The research explores the novel Reconfigurable Tooling (RT) concept, which concerns the use of single moulding devise that can be used to make an infinite variety of shapes. This type of mould has also been described as a 'Universal Tool' or even as an 'Ideal Tool'.

This project is also part of a wider research interest that explores the new creative possibilities which are being presented by emerging digital design and fabrication technologies. These new technologies are increasingly enabling makers (like me) to create their own tools with unprecedented levels of ease and accuracy. I could not have created this tool without employing such technologies.

This project also concerns the wider notion of a 'chain of tools' - the sequences of tools that facilitates the creation of other tools.