Tabakman’s robotic polymer

Laura Tabakman’s latest creation contains 10 mechanisms and computerized polymer clay shapes that undulate, grow and spin on a 3’x6′ base.  See the video here.

Her robotic piece, called Flora, resembles a moving Monet and won best of show at the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s exhibition.

Over the past few months Laura’s been developing organic shapes both in her installation art and in her jewelry (as in this “Cascade” necklace) paying special attention to how the pieces move as they’re worn or approached.

The chronological organization of Flickr gives us a snapshot of an artist’s progress and I think it’s safe to say that Laura’s having a growth spurt.

Thanks to Susan Lomuto (DailyArtMuse) for the link. Have an invigorating weekend.

  • reply Melanie West ,

    Brava Laura! What a wonderful idea to make a computer programed, moving sculpture with polymer clay! But… where’s the video? I wanna see ’em move! 😉

    I recommend checking out Laura’s mixed media pieces – lots of wire and Polymer clay. Wonderful work!

    Thanks, Cynthia, for a terrific cap to a very rainy week(s!).

    • reply Mahala ,

      I’ve tinkered with clay off and on for a while, but I’ve not had much success, but I still check back here all the time. I’m fascinated by all the creations and the talent people have.

      • reply Laura Tabakman ,

        Thank you so much for your kind words. It really made my day when I sat with my coffee, as I do every day, to check your blog and found my work featured!
        The video is coming….

        • reply Gera Scott Chandler ,

          WOW! The idea of making things more in a piece is inspirational… you’ve got me considering my unused clock movements…hmmmmmm

          Thanks for the brain jolt!


          • reply Krisi ,

            Laura is more than just a talented artist. She has taught me so much about how to develop my own inner artist. Kind in heart, patience in soul, and creative in mind, she is truly OOAK!!!

            • reply Jeannie ,

              What a creative mind. Her work is provacative.

              • reply Deanna ,

                @Krisi – Laura is fearless! One of her most endearing qualities is her willingness to answer “what if” questions with “Let’s see!”
                The Pittsburgh Polymer Clay Guild is blessed to have her as a member.

                • reply Laura Tabakman ,

                  • reply Shayla Anthony ,

                    Beautiful and imaginative work as always Laura! Who would have thought that polymer clay would ever meet up with robotics and mechanical things! How could the polymer clay world get possibly any better for us techy-geeky PC (Polymer Clay and Personal Computer) folks!

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