Practitioners’ Experience in Clay 3D Printing: Metaphorical viewing for gaining embodied understanding

Priska Falin, Nur Horsanali, Flemming Tvede Hansen, Maarit Mäkelä

Publications: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingArticle in proceedingsResearchpeer-review


In the context of artistic research, making has been traditionally understood as a process between the maker and the material. However, the digitalization that influences all practices brings us new kinds of making processes in which the ‘digital tools’ have a profound impact on the practitioner’s experience – also in the context of art, craft and design. This study explores the maker’s experience from a practice-led approach to understanding the subjective experience with clay 3D printing. To open up the 3D printing process with clay using our embodied understanding, the full process is viewed metaphorically – borrowing from music. The preliminary findings show that metaphorical viewing and the use of a score enables a successful review of the nature of computer-based practices in a way that all aspects and potentials fall naturally into place.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of BICCS 2021 : Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences. Special Issue
Number of pages15
Publication date10 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2021
Event Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences 2021: Craft in Action - , Sweden
Duration: 4 May 20216 May 2021


Conference Biennial International Conference for the Craft Sciences 2021
Internet address


  • Ceramics
  • 3D printing
  • Music
  • Experiment
  • Digital form-finding
  • clay
  • Artistic Research

Artistic research

  • No

Cite this