What happens when technologies collide? In a converted farm in rural Buckinghamshire architects, artists and designers are using robotic arms, sausage makers and potter’s wheels to experiment with clay processes and explore the potential of site-responsive architecture. This presentation brings together the clay works of Grymsdyke Farm, from finely glazed ceramics to intricate 3D printed screens, and will build on an exhibition taking place at the RIBA displaying the trial and error processes involved in creating new forms from an old material and the lively possibilities of clay.
The region surround Grymsdyke Farm has a long history of clay quarrying and brick making. This presentation draws on this specific geological and historical use of clay and asks how new technologies might reinvigorate local industries. Yet it also displays the problems of using digital processes and the questions that arise from these limitations: What are the key benefits of engaging with digital tools when working with a material steeped in history? How can we make products with new tools without compromising achievements from the past? Rather than there being a clear division between ‘new’ and ‘old’ technologies, this presentation shows how diverse materials and processes can be combined to create culturally and ecologically sustainable practices.