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Ceramic art meets 3D printing

[fusion_text]A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to interview Diego Gomez Garcia-Carpintero. Diego graduated in Fine Arts from Complutense University of Madrid and holds a Master’s Degree in organic 3D modeling. With over 10 years’ experience in the field of design and 3D multidisciplinary projects, Diego combines his work of the last nine years as Creative/Designer for the luxury watch and jewelry firm deLaCour with his role as Activities Manager for Brief Festival.

How do you define your work?

My work is a mix of many styles and techniques. I basically try to learn and have fun with each project, so each one can be completely different from the other. It depends on what kind of craft I would like to experiment at the moment.

What is your most habitual creative process?

I like to work with so called “collections” – I see them as little small stories that help me draw the first sketches, and move on to the computer. Then my favorite task starts: to shape the initial ideas in 3D and to see the pieces taking a more final form. For me this is really satisfying.

Why do you started working with 3D?

I always enjoyed sketching new objects and that moved me to study Fine Arts. That, mixed with my interest with new technologies, took me slowly to digital arts and 3D. And 3D printing is where I could finally mix my interests in such a way I would always learn and move forward.

How do you see the future of 3D printing?

I see it heading to a very personalized and customized world, where simple daily things can take much more complex and unusual forms. Nevertheless, the creation process is not simple (yet): people will still need the help of experts in 3D printing before moving forward with their ideas.

Your focus is now on jewelry and ceramic 3D projects, can you tell us about that?

I´ve been working with jewelry and watchmaking for more than 10 years, so I had access to an amazing array of pieces and their development processes. That allowed me to start creating my own pieces in 3D without the need of the traditional and expensive industrial process.[/fusion_text][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”” padding_right=”” hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”none” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ animation_offset=”” hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][/fullwidth][fusion_text]What kind of materials would you love to see available for 3D printing in the future?

I am really excited to try glass and wood 3D printing. That would open a whole new world of possibilities for amazing new objects. Also, the idea of fabric and textile 3D printing is something I would love to see available somehow.

Tell us about your ceramic project called “Frank Collection”

I was invited as a “beta tester” for a new ceramic 3D printing process, so I started creating more curved and organic shapes to see how the material would perform. I was so happy with the results that I decided to put those pieces together in a cohesive and special collection.

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Where is your work heading now?

I would love to collaborate creating small and limited pieces for brands and designers where I could mix jewelry, fashion and accessories in new and experimental ways.

What should improve in the 3D printing world?

Recycling could be an important part of the 3D printing process. People should be able to recycle their old plastic objects and clothing into materials compatible with 3D printers. Even metal could be part of this recycling flow. Wouldn´t be amazing to drop your old objects into a machine that would deliver you some ready-to-use printing materials?

What are your top inspiration sources?

That sounds obvious but Internet is an infinite flow of inspiration: every day you can find new and amazing creative people, projects, and brands. Also, new materials are being created and available for experimentation, so I always check on the latest 3D printing trends to start creating with them as soon as possible.

Why do you call yourself a “digital craftsman”?

I see 3D printing as a tool, not as a completely new process. That way I don’t limit myself with specific methods or creative processes. So 3D printing is not better or worse than other techniques, it´s available to you as any other tool that helps you shape your creative ideas. I don’t like the idea of focusing your work only in the technical aspects of any given tool.

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What are your next projects?

I will keep mixing 3D printing with classic materials like cement, fabric, wood, etc, to see what kind of results I can get. I´m specially interest in mixing oil painting with PDA materials, just to check what curious objects I can get from that. To experiment is always the best way to enjoy and keep learning with your own work.[/fusion_text]