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The Mediated Machine: Embracing Digital Technology as a Glass Artist and Student

School of Art, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242, USA
Received: 30 November 2018 / Revised: 22 February 2019 / Accepted: 28 February 2019 / Published: 6 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Glass Art: Materiality and Digital Technologies)
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In this essay the author discusses the benefits of introducing digital making tools into the glass artist’s practice-based research, both on a professional and student level. Using an example from his personal creative practice as a case study, the author outlines not only the practical benefits of using digital technology, but how when combined with traditional hot-worked glass techniques the synthesis can produce art objects that would otherwise be impossible using either digital or manual means alone. He argues that it is the possibility of inventing novel approaches to art making that can motivate glass artists and students to embrace digital means of making, rather than relying on appeals to practicality and efficiency alone. Includes a description of producing blown glass sculptures that combine fused water-jet cut sheet glass with traditional mold blowing and glass sculpting techniques. View Full-Text
Keywords: CAD; glassblowing; art education; water jet; glass; art making; art and technology; glass sculpting; digital technology; digital-handmade CAD; glassblowing; art education; water jet; glass; art making; art and technology; glass sculpting; digital technology; digital-handmade
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