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As a research team we have designing and making skills in the small scale production of ceramics, plaster, metals and plastics and have been researching the use of digital technologies in relation to these areas for the last ten years. We are:


Dr Katie Bunnell, Cluster Leader

Katie Bunnell is a ceramic designer-maker. She has an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art and completed a PhD project, Re:Presenting Making, The Integration of New Technologies into Ceramic Designer-Maker Practice, in 1998. In the interest of communicating visual material to other design practitioners, Bunnell created her thesis as a visually oriented digital document published on CD ROM by The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Bunnell's interest in digital technologies is in the creative opportunities they raise, and in the potential they have to reconfigure the relationships between designers, design users and industrial manufacturing, opening up the possibilty for more affordable specialist and customised production.

Bunnell's practice has involved her in designing and making tableware as a sole trader, and consultancy work for Liberty, Fitch RS, Royal Doulton and Poole Pottery. She has worked as a researcher and lecturer in Higher Education since 1995.

Digital Florals: Allium and Cosmos
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:) Dr Justin Marshall, Research Fellow

Justin Marshall is an artist/designer and researcher with both a commitment to intentional making and a recognition of the significant role which engaging with materials and technologies plays in his creative practice. He studied Fine Art at BA level, ceramics at MA level and his research degree involved an investigation into the role and significance of CAD/CAM technologies in craft and designer/maker practice. He therefore has had a diverse training in range of visual art and design disciplines which, he hopes, gives him a unique approach to developing and producing new art and/or design works.

Since completing his Ph.D, in 2000, his research has been predominantly ceramic based and involved investigating a range of CAD/CAM technologies to aid the design and production of new work. The aim of this research is to extend the aesthetic possibilities within the field and develop working procedures which allow independent makers to exploit this new means of designing and making.

Over the last 5 years, alongside producing his own artwork, he has undertaken two small scale AHRC funded research projects, been a part time lecturer in 3D at both University College Falmouth and University of the West of England, and visiting lecturer at a number of other colleges. In addition, he has worked as a CAD consultant for artists and a designer of large scale inflatable fabric structures.

Both his current design work and artwork is influenced by his interest in the relationship between dimensions, how the 2D becomes 3D and conversely the 3D becomes 2D; how image becomes object and object becomes image.

Contemporary Decorative Plasterwork
Bridging Art & Technology Residency
Image to Low Relief
Tessellating House Tiles
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:> Drummond Masterton, Research Assistant

Drummond H Masterton (b.1977) trained as a 3D designer, at Grays School of Art, Aberdeen and at postgraduate level at the Royal College Of Art in London, from where he graduated from the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing Metalwork and Jewellery course in July 2000. Using a number of 3-Dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages, Masterton creates objects that take advantage of the unique mark and form making qualities of Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) machines.

He has participated in a number of exhibitions since graduation including ' Intersculpt 2003', ( Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester) . He has won a number of major awards including the Deutsche Bank, 'Pyramid Award for Art', 2000. He has work in the Contemporary Art Society collection, (London) which promotes and lends the work of major British artists to public museums in the UK. He is currently a Lecturer in 3D Design for Sustainability, and a Research Assistant in 3D digital Production at University College Falmouth, Penryn, UK.

Patterning projects
Tessellation projects
Test pieces
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{:) Tavs Jorgensen, Associate Researcher

Tavs Jorgensen arrived in Britain in 1991 after completing a four-year pottery apprenticeship in his native Denmark. He has been running his own design consultancy since 1995. Throughout this period Jorgensen has been closely associated with Dartington Pottery, operating as the pottery's main shape designer. He continues to work as a freelance designer and researcher, frequently guest lecturing at international universities and colleges. He has been involved in numerous and wide ranging projects, focusing in recent years on research into the creative use of digital technologies.

Autonomatic project: Motion in form
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;| Adam Stringer, Research Production Co-ordinator

Adam Stringer is an Industrial Product Designer with a strong background working with rapid prototyping technologies and 3D CAD software.

His experience is based around designing components and assemblies for manufacture, utilising a range of processors including plastic injection molding, die casting, aluminium and plastic extrusion, CNC sheet metal work and laser cutting and joining.

He has developed a wide range of industrial products and individual components from concept through to production, including consumer electrical goods, security systems, pest control products, automotive and aeronautical components.

He started at University College of Falmouth in May 2004, working with the 3D Digital Research Cluster and for the Business Relations Team. He is also a senior partner of Benfield Stringer Design, a southwest based product design consultancy in Devon.

Past projects
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|:> David Embin , Associate Researcher

Dave Emblin graduated from UCF with a first class degree in 3D Design for Sustainabilty in 2002. His work is characterised by an exploration of the relationship between design and design user, involving him in inventing design processes. These processes sometimes draw directly on the skills and experiences of other people to create design products and sometimes they involve creating situations where people are drawn into a design process through an intriguing or oblique intervention in a public context.

After he completed his degree Emblin worked in Cornwall in partnership at Emblin Shires working on commercial product and interior design projects. He subsequently worked as a freelance design consultant developing products, street furniture and CAD visualisation.

Emblin worked as an Associate Researcher with the Autonomatic team on his Lost and Forgotten Objects project between April and October 2005
when he enrolled on the Design Products M.A. course at the Royal College of Art.

Lost and Forgotten was a successful proposal for the Autonomatic Design Research Competition.

Autonomatic project: Lost and forgotten objects
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