Growshapes likes 3D-scanning stuff (naturally!) to see how digitization impacts industry and people.
This month we 3D-scanned a beautiful Bizen-ware bird, created by Japanese ceramic artist Yukiko Akai, who lives in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Yukiko uses an 800-year-old kiln firing method for ceramics, which originated on the Korean peninsula and migrated to the town of Bizen, Japan, eventually evolving into Bizen-ware. Bizen-ware is a durable ceramic with a distinct gloss created from a chemical reaction of clay, fire, and firewood ash, rather than from glazing. Even without glazing, the ceramic is watertight.
Because of Bizen-ware uses all-natural materials and processes, Yukiko also participates in the excavation of medieval kilns to research historical kiln structures, document findings, and educate others. Such research aims to not only uncover the past, but also enable exploration of new artistic expressions.
This summer, Yukiko and her Master (teacher) undertook a project in Arkansas to recreate the Bizen-ware process there, using the clay and local materials of Arkansas. You can read more about the project here.
When Growshapes encountered her work, the first thing we thought was, “Let’s digitize!”
So here it is. A piece from Yukiko's signature "Bird" series in its digital glory.
This piece was a bit tricky to 3D scan due to its dark color, gloss and the concave shape on the top. The key was to place the object in the right position, 3D scan from several angles so that the light would cast on all angles of the object.
The "Bird" has been scanned using the HP 3D Structured Light Pro S3 with dual camera, with the scanner set up on the desk scan lever, and the object placed on the automated turntable.
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The whole scanning process took less than 2 hours from set up to file clean up. Organic shapes, especially symmetrical ones, tend to be difficult to align in 3D scanning. But the HP 3D scanner alignment features really excelled once again!
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