1 University of Brighton
2 University College London
3 Staffordshire University
World-renowned for its perfection of Bone China and underglaze blue printing techniques, the historic Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent were one of the few ceramic factories in Britain to have operated continuously on its original site until the company ceased trading in 2008. Hence, this represents a critical element of British industrial history which is currently under threat of disappearing. This paper presents on-going research which explore the application of 3D technologies to create digital surrogates to support the preservation of vital information of these cultural heritage artefacts: their form and context within the manufacturing process of ceramics. This is not an easy challenge, given the complex nature of ceramic manufacturing as well as the large-scale of the problem. Hence, the research investigates workflows and technologies which can support creating a digital, and potentially physical, archive with a selection of mould Typologies, shapes and complexities. To further understand the complexities of industrial craft practices, the resultant dataset also aims to elucidate material and craft knowledge embodied within such objects. For this, the research looks into novel manufacturing processes, such as 3D printing, to re-invent the physical shapes documented in these moulds in new interpretations of this historic legacy.
Karina Rodriguez Echavarria, Tim Weyrich, Neil Brownsword.
Proc. EG Workshop on Graphics And Cultural Heritage (GCH), 10 pages, Sarajevo, 6–8 November 2019.Karina Rodriguez Echavarria, Tim Weyrich, and Neil Brownsword. Preserving ceramic industrial heritage through digital technologies. In Proc. EG Workshop on Graphics And Cultural Heritage (GCH), November 2019.Rodriguez Echavarria, K., Weyrich, T., and Brownsword, N. 2019. Preserving ceramic industrial heritage through digital technologies. In Proc. EG Workshop on Graphics And Cultural Heritage (GCH).K. Rodriguez Echavarria, T. Weyrich, and N. Brownsword, “Preserving ceramic industrial heritage through digital technologies,” in Proc. EG Workshop on Graphics And Cultural Heritage (GCH), Nov. 2019.
We would like to thank the Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Spode Museum Trust for their support in this research. We will also like to extend our thanks to Alma Boyes, expert in ceramics, for supporting the sintering process as well as the technicians who supported the trials, including Daniel Brooks, Tanya Gomez and Eusebio Sanchez Pomares.