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A Robotic Ceramic Workshop: Combining cutting-edge technology with humankind’s oldest craft traditions.
A Robotic Ceramic Workshop: Combining cutting-edge technology with humankind’s oldest craft traditions.
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3d printed clay
3d printed clay

Not since the invention of the throwing wheel has an innovation come along as transformative in shaping ceramics as 3D printing. Conceived by 3D printing pioneers Emerging Objects, The Bottery will be a space where robotic ceramics can be made and enjoyed. 

The Bottery

the bottery
the bottery

Our goal is to create a design manufactory for ceramic innovation using state-of-the-art technology. We believe in the potential of 3D printed ceramics to allow anyone to make customized design-oriented functional pottery. 3D printing ceramics requires highly specialized spaces, tools, and know-how, which we have spent years cultivating. Now, we want to share our expertise to enable and empower others. With your help, the Bottery will do this in three ways:

Storefront and Workshop Space

The Bottery will be a space where we host educational workshops in 3D printing clay for individuals and companies, making it possible for anyone to learn how to produce technological, functional, or sculptural ceramics. No matter what your expertise in 3D printing or ceramics is (or lack thereof!), our workshops will give you the tools to produce beautiful customized  ceramics using only quality, environmentally safe clays and glazes.

Potterware

Potterware™
Potterware™

Not a professional designer, or can’t make it to Oakland? It’s ok, because we are developing an easy-to-use app, so that no matter where you are, or your knowledge of ceramics or 3D printing, you can design your own functional ceramics. Anyone who has an idea for a single ceramic object or a whole line of ceramic pieces can use our services to bring their ideas to life.

Bring the Bottery Home

Potterbot
Potterbot

The Bottery has teamed up with 3D Potter to offer a line of ceramic 3D printers so that you too can bring our technology home with you and create your own robotic pottery in your home, studio, or company. Our printers use full-body clay, allowing anyone to create large, high-quality, ceramic work using any clay you wish, from terracotta, earthenware, or porcelain. It’s really up to you.

Join the Bottery community and make custom ceramic designs no matter where you are in the world!

3D-printed Ceramics

Clay is a really exciting material—it’s been used for 30,000 years for its strength, beauty, and sustainability. Coiled clay is one of the earliest forms of making pottery, and now, with 3D printing, perhaps the most advanced. 

Clay is a safe, non-toxic, sustainable, and beautiful material. There is no limit to what you can do with it—functional objects, sculpture, architecture, you name it!

3D printed architectural tiles
3D printed architectural tiles

In comparison to traditional methods, 3D-printing is incredibly fast and opens the fields to brand-new shapes and textures. Digital design allows for both efficient mass production of identical objects, such as bricks or shingles, and customization and fine control of intricate details for stunning art pieces.

glazed and fired ceramic vessel
glazed and fired ceramic vessel

Emerging Objects

3D Printed Cabin with ceramic cladding
3D Printed Cabin with ceramic cladding

Emerging Objects is an independent, creatively driven, 3D Printing MAKE-tank specializing in innovations in 3D printing materials for architecture, building components, environments and products, co-founded by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello of Emerging Objects. In recent years, we have been hard at work at home and abroad printing custom functional ceramics and both object and architectural scale. 

Virginia San Fratello 

Virginia is an architect, artist, and educator. She teaches design at San Jose State University and believes design for the 21st century absolutely must incorporate sustainable methods and take advantage of local and ecological material resources, and works with designers and manufacturers to bring sustainable products to market. She has been awarded the International Interior Design Educator of the Year Award as well as Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation Design Award. 

Ronald Rael 

Ronald Rael is an artist and professor of architecture at the University of California Berkeley where he runs the printFARM. He has always been interested in clay, having designed and constructed several building in adobe and authored the book Earth Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press). In 2014 Ronald and Virginia were named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York.

Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello
Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello

Rewards 

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Small 3D printed ceramic espresso cup! Lovely and tactile!

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Limited edition 3D printed fired ceramic cup. Final design may differ from image.
Limited edition 3D printed fired ceramic cup. Final design may differ from image.

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Signed copy of 3D Printing Architecture by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello
Signed copy of 3D Printing Architecture by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello

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Unique 3D Printed Ceramic Vessel
Unique 3D Printed Ceramic Vessel

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Set of 4 uniquely designed 3D printed ceramic cups

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One hour of one-on-one instruction with Emerging Objects team member learning how to 3D print ceramics using their custom software and Potterbot 3D Printers
One hour of one-on-one instruction with Emerging Objects team member learning how to 3D print ceramics using their custom software and Potterbot 3D Printers

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3D printed ceramic vessel designed by Emerging Objects especially for you.
3D printed ceramic vessel designed by Emerging Objects especially for you.

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10 Square Feet of Seed Stitch Tiles as seen on the Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities. These tiles can be indoor or outdoor and are hung on standard 3/4" J moulding for drywall. You supply the J moulding and customize to your liking.
10 Square Feet of Seed Stitch Tiles as seen on the Cabin of 3D Printed Curiosities. These tiles can be indoor or outdoor and are hung on standard 3/4" J moulding for drywall. You supply the J moulding and customize to your liking.

Pledge $2,850 or more 

3D Potter Micro 8 Ceramic Printer plus one hour of one-on-one instruction. Please note that shipping outside the U.S. will depend on DHL rates
3D Potter Micro 8 Ceramic Printer plus one hour of one-on-one instruction. Please note that shipping outside the U.S. will depend on DHL rates

Pledge $4,650 or more

3D PotterBot 7 with a printing envelope of X-17" (432 mm), Y-14" (356 mm), Z-19" (483 mm). If you want to pledge outside the U.S., contact us with your shipping address and we will add your country.
3D PotterBot 7 with a printing envelope of X-17" (432 mm), Y-14" (356 mm), Z-19" (483 mm). If you want to pledge outside the U.S., contact us with your shipping address and we will add your country.

Pledge $10,000 

A one day long team building event for your business or organization. The event will include instruction on how to use our custom software, time for each member of the team to 3D print their own design and an iconic vase to take home to commemorate the event and a catered lunch. Up to 15 people may participate in the event.


Risks and challenges

Our team is made up of individuals who are masters of their craft and passionate about sharing those skills with a wider community. We have printed thousands of ceramic pieces ranging from architecture components to biological habitat to fine art to everyday functional pottery. Our work has been featured worldwide in museums and publications. Our printers, designed and built by 3D Potter, are finely tuned and are already available for public purchase.

Our biggest challenge will be finding a space in Oakland that is both spacious enough for a workshop and located in area where storefront retail sales will thrive. Currently, our research and production is inaccessible and out of sight; spaces virtually impossible from which to engage the wider design community and the public. A significant amount of our funding will be directed towards securing the best space where we can share our innovations with everyone face to face.

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    3D Printing Workshop

    One hour of one-on-one instruction with Emerging Objects team member learning how to 3D print ceramics using our custom software and Potterbot 3D Printers. We will fire the designs you create and print during the instruction and you can take them home!

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    10 Square Feet of Seed Stitch Tiles

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    3D Potter Micro 8 Ceramic Printer

    3D Potterbot Micro 8 is an entry-level 3D ceramic printer. It has all of the great features of our upper level models but in a smaller package and more affordable price.

    Printing Envelope: X-10" 254mm, Y-10" 254mm, Z-12" 305mm

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    3D PotterBot 7

    The 3DP 7 is designed to improve speed and acceleration. The design uses high-precision linear rails from IGUS, an X and Y axis drive system with precision timing belt, and integrated closed loop hybrid motors. This eliminates any need for machine adjustment and reduces maintenance. Our design utilizes traveling X & Y axis with stationary Z axis. The X-axis is allowed to travel freely on top of any flat surface. The Z axis and extruder use a reduction gearbox for faster and smoother prints.

    What's included:

    1. 3D PotterBot 7
    2. Closed loop stepper on XY, stepper on Z
    3. 2 x 2.75 id poly-carbonate extruder tubes
    4. 4 nozzles (standard sizes: 3.5, 4.13, 5, and 6.4mm)
    5. Allen wrench set and parts box

    Printing Envelope: is X-17" (432 mm), Y-14" (356 mm), Z-19" (483 mm)

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    Team Building Event at the Bottery

    A one day long team building event for your business or organization. The event will include instruction on how to use our custom software, time for each member of the team to 3D print their own design and an iconic vase to take home to commemorate the event and a catered lunch. Up to 20 people may participate in the event.

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