TILE 2017


SCHOLES LIBRARY TILE RESOURCES

an in progress pdf of books on tile, architectural ceramics, pattern design, etc. that can be found in Scholes Library.






Here are links to download the tile Tool List as a docx or PDF.  I have provided links to some of the tools.  Please make an effort to get all the tools, they are required and necessary to complete the projects we will be working on.

TILE 2017 TOOL LIST docx










    Other keywords to research:   Tiling, "Tiling the Plane"

   
          



Tile SP17  Project 2 - Shapes in the Grid
Assigned  1/29/17

 Create a field of tile that repeats in a grid but contains tile forms that are not square.  You will be blocking off entire sections of your mold to make your tile forms.


Considerations:

Shape of the grid - square, rectangular, tri-grid, hex grid, etc.
Depth of tiles
Concave/Convex/Angled Surfaces
Patterning
Surface Treatments of the different tiles - texture/pattern/slips etc.
Porous materials that can be inserted in the mold or pressed onto, wood, fabric, paper
Layered Relief

Tile SP17  Project 3 - Layered Laser Cut Relief Tile

Assigned  1/29/17

Design a pattern/surface that can be cut out of chipboard using the laser cutter.  Use at least 2 layers of chipboard.

You may make tiles that are any shape but you will still be using your adjustable mold system.

Familiarize yourself with a digital program that can produce vector paths.  I strongly suggest Rhino, but Illustrator could also be used.  Rhino is available in the Digital Fab Lab, Herrick Library or you can download a 90 day trial version for Mac or PC at:


You could also investigate the free Autodesk 123D apps.  http://www.123dapp.com/
123D Make will “slice” a model for you.  In early 2017 Autodesk will be consolidating these apps into several other programs - TinkerCad, Fusion 360, and ReMake.  These are all free!

Layered chipboard will be glued together on top of masonite and then sealed with plasti-dip spray in order to give the edges some draft.  Polyurethane can also be used on top of the plasti-dip if necessary.  Once it is sealed and dry you will make a plaster mold of the prototype.  You will need to get your own chipboard from the book store.

Considerations:

Offsetting drawn curves
Repetition of pattern/surface
Shape/Form of tile
Layers/Topography of Surface

Extremely small openings in the chipboard are hard to spray into and may need to be filled


Tile SP17  Project 4 - Air Release Press Molded Tile

Assigned:  March 13, 2017
Prototype Due:  (ready for making the mold)  March 27th
Basic Project Requirements:
Using a press molded air release tile, cover a surface that totals at least 8 square feet. 
The tile can’t be square and must have a relief or concave/convex surfaces.  You may use 2 different tiles if your design calls for it.
Maximum size for tiles is 5” in one dimension
You could also consider covering a curved surface.  We will discuss this further in class.
The prototype and be made the following ways, or using a combination of these techniques:
-       3D Printed  (must be sealed with plastidip and or polyurethane)
-       CNC Machined from Foam or Modeling Clay
-       Modelled with soft plasticine on top of a laser cut piece of Masonite
-       Modelled with soft plasticine on top of offset and separated pieces of Masonite
-       Modeled/Sculpted out of another material  (wood, plaster, etc.)
One sheet of 3’ x 5’ Hardibacker cement board will be provided for mounting the tiles on.  Wood for cleats will be provided.  Tiles will be mounted with mortar and grouted (provided for you)
Additional wood for reinforcement will be your responsibility to obtain if it is necessary.  You will not be able to cover a surface more than 2’x2’ without reinforcing the Hardibacker since it will bend/break and the tiles will pop off.  This means you may need to make a frame that does not allow the board to bend/twist, depending on the size of your tiles surface.

Advanced Project Requirements: 

Advanced Project Requirements are not required to complete the assignment and will require much more planning, time and effort on your part. Talk to me if you plan to take on the advanced project requirements.  Advanced projects require a formal proposal from you and approval before you proceed.

Advanced project requirements will more closely follow the idea that your piece will be a cohesive group “line of tile” containing all the types of tile/molding that might be necessary for installation in an architectural setting.  In addition to the tile you may need to produce border tiles/moldings and tiles/moldings for interior and exterior corners as well as tiles for the intersection of three planes.

In addition to your air release field of tiles, design and make the following that are necessary for your design:
-       Tile/molding for exterior corners
-       Tile/molding for interior corners
-       Tile for the corners that have 3 intersecting planes
-       Other specific tiles for your design.
Production processes for these other types of tiles might include:
-       Extruded/Press molded moldings using a cut metal extrusion die or a 3D printed extrusion die
-       Press molded tile/molding using the plaster skreeter or plaster turning lathe

You could approach this piece as a free standing/wall mounted sculpture or as a “sample board” used to show a client what the final installation will look like.  You could think of a specific type of architectural space or a specific site or setting.

Tile SP17  Project 5 - SCULPTURAL TILE
Assigned:  March 13, 2017 
Create a unique sculptural piece that uses a combination of some or all of the following ideas/ processes: 
  • Tile as sculpture 
  • Tile as module 
  • Tile as a canvas/mural 
  • Direct modeling of surface – additive and subtractive methods 
  • Sprigging 
  • Decals, China Paints, Lusters 
  • Pattern in glazing 
  • Kiln Setting – glazing/firing methods 
  • Painting/Printing 
  • Stamping 
Also consider the following as you approach and work on this project: 
  • Pattern/Image  as content 
  • Design/Making  driven by concept/content 
  • Ideas from sources and inspiration 
  • Tools and methods of using the materials in relation to content 
  • Specificity to site vs. individual work of art 
  • Historical/Contemporary sources 

This is an ongoing project that you can approach in a number of ways.   You could integrate some of your existing tile as a “canvas” to work on, work directly on an easel to carve and model a sculptural relief.  It could be a series of individual tiles or a larger piece that gets cut into tiles/units later in the process. 

Tile SP17  Project 5 - TOOLING
Assigned:  March 13, 2017 
Design and fabricate a tool for forming tile that is not commonly used or is an adaptation of an existing tool.  Make a finished piece that is a result of your tool/forming  process. 
Forming methods to consider adapting: 
  • Extruding 
  • Wire Cutting 
  • Skreeting 
  • Adaptation of traditional methods 
  • Alternative/innovative mold types 
  • Templates for cutting/forming 
  • Alternative casting methods  such as tape casting or pressure casting 
  • Throwing/Trimming 
  • Hump/Slump Molds 
  • Additive/Subtractive tools 



This project can be approached to create an individual finished piece.  Your tool/forming method could also be integrated into Projects 4 and 5. 



Tile SP17
Project 5
Tile
as
Sculpture
Assigned: March 13, 2017
Create a unique sculptural piece that uses a combination of some or all
of the following ideas/
processes:
-
Tile as sculpture
-
Tile as module
-
Tile as a canvas/mural
-
Direct modeling of surface
additive and subtractive methods
-
Sprigging
-
Decals, China Paints, Lusters
-
Pattern in glazing
-
Kiln Setting
glazing/firing methods
-
Painting/Printing
-
Stamping
Also consider the following as you approach and work on this project:
-
Pattern/Image as content
-
Design/Making driven by concept/content
-
Ideas from sources and inspiration
-
Tools and methods of using the materials in relation to content
-
Specificity to site vs. individual work of art
-
Historical/Contemporary sources
This is an ongoing project that you can approach in a number of
ways. You could integrate some of
your existing tile as a
canvas
to work on, work directly on an easel to carve and model a sculptural
relief. It could be a series of individual tiles or a larger piece that g
ets cut into tiles/units later in the
process.



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