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Clay 3D Printing


The Department of Ceramics at the Estonian Academy of Arts invites you to participate in an international Clay 3D Printing workshop. Ceramics have properties that allow them to be used in the most disparate fields. We usually don’t consider that ceramics are all around us, not just in kitchenware, but also in bathrooms, swimming pools and public interiors, and that stoves and fireplaces, and even houses, are made of fired clay. Top-quality ceramics can be found in medical equipment, audio technology and the air and space industry. Clay is a sensitive, flexible and versatile material with its own technological limits, which the participants will learn during the workshop.
3D printing in clay allows us to print three-dimensional objects or models at a lower cost and more easily. For ceramists, it represents a new technological possibility, while for others it gives a chance to convert digital sketches into real three-dimensional objects.
During this course, participants will learn the technical skills of 3D printing and printing in clay: creating G-code and STL files, plus preparation of the clay and printing.
The aim of the course is to use innovative thinking to discover new ways of printing, using clay and printed ceramics. The end of the workshop will feature a pop-up exhibition of the objects created.
Every participant needs to bring their own laptop. All other materials are provided, and students may keep the objects they print.

LEARNING OUTCOMES. The participant:

KNOWS about the design foundations for ceramic 3D printing;
KNOWS how to conceptualise ideas through 3D modelling software and prepare print files;
KNOWS how to prepare clay material and operate 3D printing equipment;
HAS EXPERIENCE in working individually and in small groups;
• IS ABLE to present design concepts.


The course ends with a pass-fail evaluation of the design concept and understanding of the technical process of clay 3D printing. To pass the course, we will evaluate your concept, working process, and final presentation.


Jonathan Keep (RCA, London MA, 2002, UK). A ceramist and advanced user of clay 3D printers.
Kaiko Kivi, an architect and co-supervisor with expertise in algorithms, data structures and architectural engineering.
Lauri Kilusk, a ceramist and skilled user of clay 3D printers who will help to manage the clay printers and operate the pugmill.
Madis Kaasik, a technical designer and clay 3D printer builder who will provide technical support.
Professor Urmas Puhkan, a ceramist and Head of the Department of Ceramics at EKA.
Kersti Laanmaa, a ceramist and teacher and projects coordinator at the Department of Ceramics.

Free (incl. the accommodation in the hostel)

EKA Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Possible Futures” is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Programme structure


Monday, August 19
Introduction to the workshop and the equipment. Presentations on the students’ design ideas. Demonstration of printing and test printing.
Tuesday, August 20
Learning the preparation of the clay. Working with ideas individually and in groups. Test printing.
Wednesday, August 21
Jonathan Keep will talk about his own experience. Working with ideas individually and in groups, printing.
Thursday, August 22
Jonathan Keep – 3D programming. Printing with a robotic arm. Working with ideas individually and in groups, printing.
Friday, August 23
Working with ideas individually and in groups, printing.
Saturday, August 24
Printing. Finishing works. Loading the kiln.
Sunday, August 25
Firing last tests. Unloading the kiln. Exhibition setup.
Monday, August 26
Opening of the exhibition. Feedback, ideas for the future.
Uninstalling the exhibition, packaging works for transport.
Finishing around 3PM.


10:00–10:15 Introduction. 10:15–11:30 Work in groups. 11:30–11:40 Coffee break. 11:40–13.00 Work in groups. 13:00–14:00 Lunch. 14:00–18:00 Work in groups

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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States