Clay 3D Printing

Clay 3D Printing – Presence and Possibilities

Dates:  21-25 August 2017

Volume: 32 hours, 2 ECTS

Location:  Estonian Academy of Arts

Number of participants: max 13

Cost: FREE

Registration deadline:  5th of June

In addition to the general required materials, candidates are expected to submit a letter of motivation explaining why they are applying (max A4).

The Department of Ceramics at the Estonian Academy of Arts invites you to participate in an international workshop entitled Clay 3D Printing – Presence and Possibilities. Ceramic material can be used in the most diverse fields. While we are generally aware of our ceramic dishes and other household containers, we forget that we are surrounded by bathrooms, swimming pools and public spaces and ovens, fireplaces and even houses that are made of fired clay. We find top-quality ceramics in fields ranging from medicine and audio equipment to space technology. Clay is a sensitive, flexible and promising material for artistic self-expression, as well as for the exact, technical sciences. 

3D printing in clay allows us to print three-dimensional objects or models with low cost and little effort. For ceramists, it is a new technical 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 clay and printing. We aim for innovative thinking in the hope of discovering new possibilities of clay 3D printing. 

Admission is open to students who have experience working with 3D program(s). Experience in 3D printing (clay, plastic, etc.) is recommended but not required. Every participant needs to bring their own laptop. All other materials are provided, and students may keep the objects they print.


There will be four supervisors:

– Jonathan Keep (UK), a ceramist and advanced user of clay 3D printers;

– Kaiko Kivi, an Estonian architect and expert in using parametric design programs;

– 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.



Monday, 21st of August

  • Urmas Puhkan / Lauri Kilusk / Madis Kaasik: Introduction to the workshop and equipment
  • Samson Shafran: Experiences of 3D printing
  • Jonathan Keep: Lecture about his own experiences
  • Print demonstration and printing

Tuesday, 22nd of August

  • Experiences of EAA and other schools
  • Printing in groups and individually

Wednesday, 23rd of August

  • Printing with a flatbed 3D printer (possibilities: small tubes, big tube, stop and go)
  • Printing in groups and individually

Thursday, 24th of August

  • Madis Kaasik / Jonathan Keep / Kaiko Kivi: Sound and rhythms
  • Different methods of printing (moving base, converting sound into binary code, etc.)
  • 3D scan and print
  • Printing in groups and individually

Friday, 25th of August

  • Feedback, ideas for future
  • Finishing the works, setting up the exhibition
  • Opening of the pop-up exhibition in EAA


Works shown in images, from left to right, by Jonathan Keep: “Iceberg”, “Iceberg”, “Iceberg Field”, “Random Growth”, “Seed Bed”, “Seeds”, “Spherical Harmonics – Seeds”.