Pie Molds & Handmade Brushes with Adam Chau

Adam Chau spent a lot of time in his parents’ bakery growing up, and learned techniques for making efficient multiples. With the similarities between baking and handbuilding, it is no surprise that Adam utilizes some of these techniques in the clay studio. In this video, Adam shares his pie molding technique, as well as how he creates inexpensive brushes to make his own unique marks on his pieces. With a bachelor’s degree in ceramics and a master’s degree in industrial design, Adam has always been interested in merging technology with studio craft. Adam shows how you can use an industrial process to make plates but decorate them with homemade brushes to contrast the machine made look with the mark of the hand. Stay tuned to CLAYflicks for Adam’s forthcoming video on wall installations!

Runtime: 1 hour, 3 minutes

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Chapter 1 – Rolling Slabs for Pie Molds
Chapter 2 – Pie Molding
Chapter 3 – Making Handmade Brushes
Chapter 4 – Mixing Oxides for Brushability
Chapter 5 – Testing the Brushes

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Adam Chau

About the Artist

Adam Chau is a ceramic designer who also manages educational programming at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY. After receiving a degree in studio ceramics, he decided to pursue more industrial ways of production while keeping traditional craft paradigms; His most recent project, Digital Calligraphy, investigates the hybridization of handcraft and digital technology. He has shown at the Salone di Mobile at Rossana Orlandi in Milan, Italy and the NADA art fair in New York City. Publications on his research into ceramic technology include Ceramics Monthly, Studio Potter, and Ceramics Technical. He has presented at NCECA as a demonstrator and presenter at the FabLab. Curatorial projects include Colorfield at the New York Ceramics and Art Fair, Hot Pots (co-curated with Judith Schwartz, Ph.D.) at Clay Art Center, Oriented at NCECA Pittsburgh, and REINVENTED which is traveling to 4 locations in 2018.


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