Tavs Jorgensen

Dr Tavs Jorgensen, Associate Professor and AHRC/RCUK Innovation Fellow

Tavs’s core research interests are focused on exploring the design and innovation potential presented by new digital fabrication technologies – particular with the glass and ceramics mediums.

He is currently in receipt of Leadership Fellow grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with a project investigating the use of digital tools to develop new approaches with the ceramic extrusion process for architectural applications https://cfpr.uwe.ac.uk/project/smart-tooling-for-ceramic-profile-extrusion-new-approaches-to-industrial-focussed-interdisciplinary-practice-based-research/. He is also developing interdisciplinary research into the use of 3D printing technology for glass production https://cfpr.uwe.ac.uk/project/glassworks-an-interdisciplinary-research-sandpit/. This research has been funded by UWE’s Collaborative Research Award.

Tavs has a background in ceramics having initially worked as a designer for the tableware industry with leading companies such as Wedgwood and Lenox as clients. He taught for 10 years on the Ceramic and Glass programme at the Royal College of Art, and was also a research fellow at the Autonomatic Research Cluster at Falmouth University. Before joining UWE he taught on the 3D Design course at Plymouth university. He also has a very active visiting lecturing career and have delivered lectures at leading international institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University College London, Chulalongkorn University, and The Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen.

Tavs currently supervise 3 PhD students and has undertaken multiple external research degree examinations. He is currently external examiner at the BA 3D Design and Craft course at the University of Brighton. He is also a member of the AHRC peer review college.

Tavs also maintains an active creative practice with work exhibited at leading venues including the Saatchi Gallery, Pushkin Museum, Museum of Art and Design and Salone de Mobile.

Digital Design and Fabrication Skills: CNC milling, 3 and 4 axis (Bridgeport VMC1000 and Roland MDX500 models), CNC Routing (Pacer HDS2 Series), Rapid Prototyping (ZCorp, StrataSys FDM), CNC and M/G-Code programming (Haidenhain interface), Laser cutting (Trotec, CadCam and Laserpro models), Digitizing (Immersion Microscribe G2) Motion Capture (Measurand Shape Tape technology), 3D Scanning (Roland)
Research Topics/Interests
Digital Fabrication; Tool Making; Craft; Design; Innovation Theory

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