Ceramic Musical Instrument

Goal: To create a system of modular variation that creates a field gradient

Modular variation: Six different modules vary in height and distance of horizontal protrusion

Process: Design modules in Rhino, cast plaster blocks, use CNC router to make molds from the plaster blocks, slip cast ceramic modules, post-process modules, send pieces to the kiln for firing, assemble final system

Click [here] to see more about the casting process.

Final product: The instrument is played with a mallet. Each module creates a different pitch when played as a result of varying effective lengths.

Click [here] to hear someone play this instrument.

In collaboration with Lwabeya Mutanda and Sean Wickman
Produced in the architecture studio “Digital Ceramics” taught by Molly Reichert
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, October 2014

 

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