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Lecturer in Industrial Design
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
Tavs Jorgensen initially trained as a craft potter in his native Denmark. He went on to study three-dimensional ceramic design at Cardiff Institute and established his own design consultancy in 1995. He spent more than a decade working as a professional designer/modeller for the ceramic industry.
From 2006 to 2016 he was a part of the Autonomatic Research Group, Falmouth University, contributing to pioneering work on the use of new digital fabrication tools in design and craft practice.
For the past 10 years he has been teaching on the Ceramic and Glass Programme at the Royal College of Art, London.
He is also a very active guest lecturer, at many other leading international institutions with presentation delivered at MIT, The School of the ArtInstitute of Chicago and KADK, Copenhagen.
Tavs also maintain an active creative practice with work exhibited at leading venues including the Saatchi Gallery (London) Pushkin Museum (Moscow) and Salone de Mobile (Milan).
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLT-HE)
BA First class Honours degree in 3D Ceramic Design
Qualified Journeyman Potter
Member of the European Academy of Design since 2013
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2009
Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, (RSA) since 2008
My teaching interests are centred on developing design practices that are build on intimate knowledge of material and making processes, aspects that are traditionally associated with craft practice.
However, I am also interested in utilising the new possibilities that are presented by digital design and fabrication tools, with an aim develop new creative practices build on the use of these toolsets.
Staff serving as external examiners
Nottingham Trent University, BA Decorative Arts 2016 - 2019
Currently my research projects are located in the wider field of digital design and fabrication, in particular, how independent innovation can be driven by diffusion of new technologies in this sector.
More specific projects within this broad research space include:
Rapid Tooling for Glass Casting:
This research project is a longstanding enquiry that has established an innovative method for 3D printing moulds for glass casting.
Explorations in Reconfigurable Pin Tooling (RPT):
RPT is novel moulding concept that based on flexible tooling via a matrix of pins. Outputs of the research project include several series of glass bowls as well as furniture pieces. RPT was also the technical focus of my PhD, completed in June 2016.
Explorations of how tools can be created via digital fabrication methods to extend the potential of conventional productions methods.
The Rich Media Research Journal:
This research explores how new types of research journals can be created on the basis on the rich media capabilities of smart phones and tablet computers.
Theoretical models concerning the role independent innovators:
This research interests explorer more theoretical aspects of innovation, in particular investigating the position of the independent innovator.
Other, more broad, research interests include: Craft Practice, Ceramic and Glass technologies and Inter and Trans desciplinary interaction/practice
Grants & contracts
Awards, Grants and Esteem:
The Craft Skills Spotlight Award 2013, (Autonomatic Research Group)
Glass Bowl acquired for Crafts Council’s permanent collection 2013
Finalist of the Bombay Sapphire GlassDesign Award 2008
Mentor on the Crafts Council funded Re-RouteScheme 2008
Arts Council England (South West Region), major development grant, 2005
Winner of the ceramic and glass category of the 2000 Peugeot Design Award
Creative practice & artistic projects
Selected Exhibitions (since 2004):
The Emerging and the Established, Christie’s (Old Bromton Street) London, Jan 2016
Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, Oct 2015
Hybrid Craft, SIGGRAPH 2015, LA Convention Centre, Los Angeles, US, Aug 2015
Collect, The Saachi Gallery, London, UK, May 2015
Salone de Mobile, Milan, April 2015
Envelope, Peninsula Arts Gallery, University of Plymouth, March 2015
British Design: from William Morris to the Digital Revolution, Pushkin Museum, Moscow, Oct 2014
Future Heritage, Decorex, §, London, Sep 2014
All Makers Now? Trelissick House, Falmouth, July 2014
Collect, The Saachi Gallery, London, UK, May 2014
Autonomatic at Making Futures, Mount Edgcombe, Plymouth, Sep 2013
Critic’s Secret, The Mall Gallery, London, UK, June 2013
Collect, The Saachi Gallery, London, UK, May 2013
Best of British, Crafts Council UK, Lancaster House, London, May 2013
Collect, The Saachi Gallery, London, UK, May 2012
Tool at Hand, Milwaukee Art Gallery, US, Dec 2011
Cast in Form, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany, Dec 2011
Craft Code 011 – New ways of making, The Wills Lane Gallery, UK Sep 2011
One Liner, Crafts Council, UK, web feature (solo show), Oct 2010
Lab Craft, Tent London, London Design Festival, Sep 2010
Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, Aug 2010
Indside Out, Object Gallery, Sydney, Australia, June 2010
Purposes of Drawing, Cube3, Plymouth, UK, June 2010
Non object ive, Lotz Design Festival, Poland, Oct 2009
Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA, May - Sep 2009
From virtual line to Physical Form, Wills Lane Gallery, St. Ives, UK, March April 2009
Making it Digital, Hidden Art London, Broadway Market, London, Dec 2008
Autonomatic @ Networks of Design conference, The Poly, Falmouth, UK Sep 2008
Aspects, Strand Gallery, Aldeburgh, UK June –July 2008
Object Factory, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada, May-July 2008
Bombay Sapphire Glass Award 2008, Superstudio Piu, Milan, Italy, May 2008
The Art of Dansk, The Chelsea Art Gallery, New York, USA Oct 2007
Line, Love and Landscape, The Wills Lane Gallery, St. Ives, UK, Sep –Oct 2007
New Craft Future Voices Conference, Dundee, Scotland, July – Aug 2007
Firing Thoughts, MMU Manchester, May - Oct 2007
Interface, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracy, UK, Sep - Oct 2006
Perimeters, Boundaries and Borders, Citylab (F.City), Lancaster, UK Sep – Oct 2006
Dartington Cider Press Centre, Dartington, UK March 2006
Sydney Myer’ International Ceramic Award, Shepparton, Australia, Feb-April 2006
Connectivity Project, Challenging Crafts Conference, Aberdeen, UK, Sep 2004
• Jorgensen, T, Matthias, G: New Approaches in Glass Investment Casting, Creative Practitioners Researching and Innovation in the Field of Digital Fabrication, The Design Journal, Issue 17.3, Sep 2014
• Jorgensen, T, Matthias, G: Glass Mold Innovation Through Collaborative Research, The Journal of the Glass Art Society 2014
• Jorgensen, T, Matthias, Research into 3D Printed Glass Investment Casting Moulds, Glass in Science and Conservation (Glassac 14), Durham, Sep 2014
• Jorgensen, T, Matthias, G: Glass Mold Innovation Through Collaborative Research, Glass Art Society Conference, Chicago, US, March 2014
• Matthias G, Jorgensen, T: Reflection on a Collaborative Research Project in Digital Moulding for Glass Casting and Artistic Interpretation, Making Futures Conference, Plymouth, Sep 2013
• Jorgensen, T, Matthias, G: New Approaches in Glass Investment Casting, European Academy of Design (EAD) Conference, Gothenburg, April 2013
• Jorgensen, T: The Digital Multi tool, ‘Design and Craft’ ICDHS Conference, Brussels, Belgium, Sep 20-22, 2010
• Jorgensen, T: Universal Tooling for Kiln Forming Sheet Glass, Creativity and Innovation in Glass Symposium, University of Wolverhampton, UK, Aug 2010
• Jorgensen, T: The digitally Hand Made Object, Physicality 2009 Workshop, Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI2009), Churchill College Cambridge, Sep 2009
• Jorgensen, T: Conducting Form, Design Enquiries Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2007
• Jorgensen, T: Binary Tools, In the Making Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2005
Reports & invited lectures
Cornwall Ceramic and Glass Group AGM, Ladock Hall, Cornwall, Oct 2016
Superform Lab, KADK, (BA, MA) Copenhagen, Denmark, Jan 2016
Glas og Keramik Skolen (BA), Bornholm, Denmark, Jan 2016
Camberwell College of Art, 3D Design (BA), Designer Maker (MA), Nov 2015
SIGGRAPH, Los Angeles Convention Centre, August 2015
Birmingham City University, 3D Design (MA), July 2015
Material Matters, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada, March 2015
KMUTT University, Bangkok (BA, MA), Feb 2011
Other academic activities
General design practice, ceramic and glass design, plaster model making - all aspects, plaster mould making, including block/case for slip casting and jigger/jolly production, rubber /resin model and mould making, kiln forming glass technology, glass cutting, rampress die making,industrial ceramic production techniques (jigger/jolly, slip casting, rampressing), production throwing and all aspects of craft pottery, silk-screenprinting and transfer making, kiln building and firing (gas, electric, wood, raku and salt), glaze and clay technology.
Digital Technology Skills:
Digital fabrication tools and processes:
CNC milling, 3 and 4 axis (Bridgeport VMC1000 and Roland MDX500 models), CNCRouting (Pacer HDS2 Series), Rapid Prototyping (ZCorp, StrataSys FDM), CNC andM/G-Code programming (Haidenhain interface), Laser cutting (Trotec and CadCammodels), Digitizing (Immersion Microscribe G2) Motion Capture, (Measurand ShapeTape technology and 3D Scanning (Roland) Plotter Cutter (Roland and Signpal)
3D Modelling and Design software tools:
Rhino 3D, Grasshopper, Mesh Mixer, Form Z, Materialise Magics 17, SketchUP, Stratasys Insight, MACH3, Picasoft Mayka
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, DreamWeawer, Flash, QuickTime Pro, CorelDraw Suite, SignPal Pro, Microsoft Office, FilemakerPro 12, Apple Keynote.