Data Clay Symposium

Presented by the Architecture and Fine Arts divisions
February 7, 2015 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Free and open to the public -- SOLD OUT -- sign up for wait list below
Opening reception: Friday, February 6, at the Museum of Craft and Design (see directions)
More info: Dustin Smith, or 510.594.3650

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Data Clay Symposium, a one-day event presented by the Architecture and Fine Arts divisions, is being held in conjunction with the Data Clay: Digital Strategies for Parsing the Earth (January 17 through April 19, 2015) at the Museum of Craft and Design.

The event will focus on the use of digital tools and ceramic materials -- hot topic now in architecture, fabrication, digital craft, ceramics, sustainability circles.

CCA is hosting this exciting platform of artists, designers, and architects all of whom will offer presentations and panel discussions:


Dries Verbruggen, Unfold Studio, Antwerp


Andy Brayman, Matter Factory, Kansas City
Laura Devendorf, School of Information, UC Berkeley
Jason Kelly Johnson, Architecture, CCA, and Future Cities Lab, San Francisco
Ron Rael, Architecture, UC Berkeley, and Emerging Objects, Oakland
Jenny Sabin, Architecture, Cornell University
Jenni Sorkin, Art History, UC Santa Barbara
Michael Swaine, Ceramics, CCA, and Future Farmers, San Francisco
Stephanie Syjuco, Sculpture, UC Berkeley, and Artist, San Francisco
Bobbye Tigerman, Associate Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, LACMA

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Del Harrow, Ceramics, Colorado State University
Joshua Stein, Architecture, Woodbury University, and Radical Craft, Los Angeles

What Is Data Clay?

Data Clay connects a nascent movement of architects, artists, and designers exploring the medium of ceramics coupled with new digital technologies. In recent years, a renewed interest in the potential transformation of basic materials into complex hybrid systems has pushed ceramics to the forefront of innovation in the allied design fields.

By sharing innovative projects and techniques, Data Clay aims to promote continued research into this digital reworking of the earth.

Symposium funding was generously supported in part by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the CCA Digital Craft Lab. This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center of Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.

[Photo: Joshua G. Stein, Tectonic Horizons]