Artist Jonathan Keep’s clay pottery are inspired by patterns and forms evident in nature, including 3D printed ceramic pots, icebergs, petrified wood, seeds, and even sound waves. The array of morphological creations of British artist Jonathan Keep‘s imagination, partnered with the precision of a DIY computer guided 3D printer is impressive.
I have long used computer software to develop new ceramic forms. With an interest in the hidden numerical code that underpins all nature I have developed a working process whereby the shapes of these pots are written in computer code. This digital information is passed to a studio based DIY 3D printer that I have adapted to print in clay. Layer by layer the pots are printed out – a sort of mechanical pottery coil building. After printing, the ceramic is fired and glaze in the normal way.
From the elemental forces of earth, fire and water pottery has traditionally drawn on nature for inspiration. In using computer code to create this work I aim to add a further layer to include the elemental, natural mathematical patterns and structures that underlie all form. The appreciation of this work illustrates just how much we are connected at a very deep level to the natural world. – Jonathan Keep.