Assistant Professor Cutrone exploring CAD/CAM

In addition to teaching, Tyler Glass Assistant Professor Dan Cutrone is taking a turn as a student this semester. Along with a host of other glass program members, he is currently enrolled in “Ceramic Structures” taught by Associate Professor Chad Curtis. The course focuses on using  the 3D modeling program Rhino to develop forms that can be output to a computer aided CNC machine, essentially milling the forms driven by the digital files. This semester, the class has been using the CNC to mill pre-cast plaster blocks in order to create molds for slip-casting. The images show plaster molds of a tile and a bowl form as well as the resulting slip-cast clay objects about to go to the kiln for firing. Dan is working to implement some of these technologies in his own studio practice, as well a bring them to the glass program at Tyler. More info and photos to come at the end of the semester!

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Field Trip! Space 1026

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On Monday evening both sections of Business Practice took a trip to Space 1026 in Chinatown. Ben Woodward is one of the co-founders of this artist run space(and one of my old pals from RISD) that offers exhibition space, silkscreening, community and private studios. He gave us the tour of the two floors and explained how the space began, 13 years ago. We got to peek into many of the studio spaces, which is always interesting, as well as see the old bank vault, where they expose their screens. It was inspiring to see a creative vision that has continued to grow and establish into a very important resource for many artists in the area.