Tavs Jorgensen

Tavs Jorgensen

Lecturer in Industrial Design

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Tavs' teaching role at Plymouth University is focused on the Designer Maker Award strand within the 3D Design Programme.


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

Professional membership

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

Teaching interests

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

Research interests

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.

Rapid tooling:
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 

DRAW, Gulbenkian Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, May 2010
Know How, Tallinn, Estonian, Nov 2009 – Feb 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
Treasury of Digital Form, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany, Sep – Oct 2008
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 

170 Celebration Debates, panel member, Nottingham Trent University, Nov 2014
National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Oct 2014
International Ceramic Centre, Kecskemét, Hungary, Oct 2013
Glass Boston, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, US, June 2013
The Contemporary Crafts Festival, Bovey Tracy, UK, June 2013
Centre for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA), Copenhagen, May 2013
Plymouth University, 3D design (BA, MA), March 2013
Camberwell School of Art, (BA, MA), London, Nov 2012
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, AIADO Department, March 2012
Tool at Hand symposium, Milwaukee Art Museum, US, March 2012 
Royal College of Art, Visual Communication Department (MA) Feb 2012
Towards a Ceramic Future symposium, V&A Museum, London, Jan 2012
Time Compression Technologies Conference (TCT), Coventry, UK, Oct 2011 
The Big Smoke conference, Auckland, New Zealand March 2011
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok (BA, PhD) Feb 2011
KMUTT University, Bangkok (BA, MA), Feb 2011
University of Plymouth, 3D Design (BA) April - May 2010
University of Wales Institute Cardiff, 3D Ceramic Design (BA, MA), Nov 2009
Nottingham Trent University, Decorative Arts (BA, MA) Nov 2009
Digital Art and Design Symposium, De Montfort University, Leicester, Nov 2009
Mixed Reality Lab, School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, Nov 2009
Open University, Computer Science Department, Milton Keynes, Nov 2009
Know How, Estonian Triennial of Applied Arts, Tallinn, Estonia, Nov 2009
World Design Congress (Icograda), Beijing, China, Oct 2009
University of Plymouth, 3D Design (BA) Oct 2009
Designed in Devon, Network Meeting, Exeter Aug 2009
SCIRIA OpenMind Lecture, Camberwell College of Arts, London, Jan 2009
Camberwell College of Art, 3D Design (BA), Designer Maker (MA), Jan 2009
Journée Ecole – Entreprise, Ecole National du Verre, Yzeure, France, Nov 2008
Networks of Design conference, University College Falmouth, Sep 2008
3D Technologies in the Arts and Crafts, University West of England, June 2008
Central St. Martin, Product Design (BA), June 2008
Materials Knowledge Transfer Network AGM, Westminster, London, April 2008
Plymouth College of Art and Design, 3D Design Course (BA), Jan 2008
Thoughts symposium, MMU Special Collections, Manchester, Oct 2007
London Design Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Sep 2007
Atoms to Art 2 symposium, University College London, June 2007
COLLECTion, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Feb 2006
Perimeters, Boundaries and Borders symposium, Lancaster, Sep 2006  
Danish Design School, Copenhagen, Denmark, Ceramics (BA, MA), Oct 2005
Royal College of Art, Ceramic and Glass (MA), Dec 2005
Atoms to Art symposium, Manchester City Art Gallery, Sep 2005
Glas og Keramik Skolen, Bornholm, Denmark, Ceramics (BA), 2004/2005
Falmouth College of Art, Contemporary Crafts Oct 2004Bath Spa University, Ceramics (BA), Oct 2004

Other academic activities


Design/Making Skills:

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

2DDesign and productivity software tools:
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, DreamWeawer, Flash, QuickTime Pro, CorelDraw Suite, SignPal Pro, Microsoft Office, FilemakerPro 12, Apple Keynote.