At Play with Clay

in-post-image-clay-modellingRecently, some Outerspacers have been undertaking a clay modelling course at The Shed – Outerspace Design’s workshop. Teaching this course is Mike Chester, a lecturer at Monash University and Chief Modeller at the GM Holden studio for many years.

Here, our Industrial Designer Tristan who is taking the class, provides some insights on the value of clay modelling.

How did the clay modelling course come about?
The initiative behind the modelling course was to give the Design Team an even greater understanding of complex 3D form design and development.

Why are you doing clay modelling?
I’m participating the in the clay modelling course because I wanted to develop a greater understanding refined surface geometry, modelling techniques and product design sketching.

Why do you think clay modelling is important?
As and Industrial Designer it is important to understand how 3D form can be designed, pushed and manipulated. Predominantly, I work in a 2D platform developing 3D objects using sketching, rendering and various types of software. Industrial Designers use these methods to develop 3D form but it can be difficult to grasp the scale, proportion and detail of a design when working like this. The ability to use a physical model is an important tool, as it enhances your understanding of the form of a design and how it may be refined throughout the development process.

What forms are you making?
Some people are sculpting more organic objects like speed forms and a pendant design. Others are working on things like boats, motorcycle fairings and cycling helmets.

How does clay modelling apply to the work you do at Outerspace?
It enables us to develop a greater understanding of 3D form and teaches us to design and develop 3D form with improved accuracy and effectiveness.

The course participants have two more session to go. We look forward to seeing their final models and seeing them apply their newly sharpened skills on future projects at Outerspace.

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Jarrod Barker
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Jarrod Barker
Jarrod has a keen interest in technology development and operations. He has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering and his industry experience spans product design, sports technology, medical device engineering and power generation. He has worked for a leading design consultancy in Cambridge, UK and now runs the Outerspace branch in San Diego USA.

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