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Dara Schaefer

Dara Schaefer

Worley Noise Turns Turquoise

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This ceramic vessel is from the designer’s Worley Series. It was created in a visual programming language using an algorithm devised by mathematician Steven Worley in 1996 to simulate textures of flowing water in computer animation. Dara applies his formula inserting a combination of random and controlled variables. Each change in a variable varies the surface texture of cylinders so that there are an infinite number of possible outputs. She then prints them using a 3D clay printer. The resulting forms are then spray glazed and fired using traditional ceramics firing techniques.


Dara Schaefer


Dara Schaefer is an architect-trained artist working primarily in object-based design. She received her B. Arch from The Cooper Union and has studios in both New York City and the Hudson Valley. After over a decade of practicing architecture, she delved deeply into the world of ceramics. Inspired by architects like Zaha Hadid, she began to explore parametric design in ceramics and then applied similar design methodologies to other materials like resin, bronze and aluminum. She employs mathematical algorithms—typically used in digital animation—to create fluid forms and surface textures. Each design is realized through a myriad of analog and digital technologies. Within her explorations of the structural limits of ceramics and newer materials she hopes to elevate the powerful effects light, form and hue can have on our intimate experience with everyday objects.

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    5.0 x 11.5 x 5.0 cm (2.0 x 4.5 x 2.0 in)

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