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Worley Spring Theory

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This ceramic vessel is from Dara’s ongoing Worley Series. It was designed using a visual programming language called Grasshopper. She adapted an algorithm created by mathematician Steven Worley in 1996- whose Worley Noise function is often used in animation to simulate textures of flowing water. She applied this formula using random variables on the surface texture of cylinders and printed them using a 3D clay printer called a Potterbot. 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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    13.0 x 29.0 x 13.0 cm (5.1 x 11.4 x 5.1 in)

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