Florida-based Sculpture House is a business with a long history in the greater New York area that traces a century old history through the tutelage of two families. By the end of this summer, Standard Ceramic’s Turnbull family will become the third line of craft-oriented businessmen to extend part of that tradition. Standard will acquire the Ceramics Division of Sculpture House as Bruner Barrie, the company’s CEO, moves closer to a full retirement.
As we are well into the new century, there is little left in our lives that has not been touched and transformed by the digital revolution of the late 20th century. Even the humble potter, with hands in the earth, markets on social media, buys supplies online, and relies on digital programming for the kiln. Nevertheless, the basic work of transforming an idea into clay remains as it has been for centuries. Pittsburgh spatial artist and designer Brian Peters is changing all that. Using 3-D printing technology, Peters creates ceramic blocks and tiles for architectural installations and for smaller-scale art pieces, starting not with a slug of clay but with a computer.