Joan & Jack Hardie
Joan and Jack Hardie use 3D printing to design and produce ceramics that cannot be made in any other way. Form is dominant in their designs, with inspiration drawn from nature. They work in both porcelain and glazed stoneware. Their home-made 3D printer extrudes very thin coils of soft clay and presses them down in layers, like a coil pot. The clay is prepared by hand. They use a 3D Computer Aided Design program to capture and develop an idea, which is turned into code for the printer. It has taken the couple’s 40-year experience of how clay behaves to build the printer, develop workable clay mixes and make viable designs.