Star Tesselation Dish ST 14 - Drummond Masterton

Star Tesselation Dish ST 14, Drummond Masterton, 2007. Image © Nick Moss

Object Details

Date of making
Date of acquisition
Metalwork: Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) milling
L210mm x W220mm x H25mm
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Maker Details

Renfrewshire, Scotland
Place Trained
Royal College of Art, London, MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing Metalwork and Jewellery, 1998-2000; Grays School of Art, Aberdeen, BA 3D Design, 1995-1998
Autonomatic, 3D Digital Production Research, Design Centre, University College Falmouth, Tremough, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9EZ, England
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Star Tessellation Dish ST14 reflects a key stage in Drummond Masterton’s practice. His work draws inspiration from landscape and geometry, combined with an in-depth knowledge of 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) milling machines. Masterton’s interest in applied surface pattern comes from traditional processes such as engraving and other printmaking techniques, yet he deliberately uses complex industrial devices as a craft tool. With these, Masterton creates intricate surface texture and patterns which take hundreds of hours to produce, subverting the intended purpose of the machine, which is to speed up product manufacture.

Another of Masterton’s works held in the Crafts Council Collection, Terrain Cup, 2005, is being shown in the Crafts Council touring exhibition ‘Lab Craft: Digital Adventures in Contemporary Craft’.

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Drummond Masterton

“ST14 is one of a series of seven decorative aluminium dishes that demonstrate my subversive approach to overcoming the uniform aesthetics that often result from using automated digital software and hardware.

ST14 was developed during a three-year practice based research project at University College Falmouth. The research allowed me to develop new methods of using standardised digital tools by deliberately manipulating automated processes in order to create controlled, intricate surface textures and patterns. It exhibits the most successful combination of these complex methods by utilising hand drawn cut marks and user hacked automated cut marks in juxtaposition.”

Drummond Masterton

Drummond Masterton, Maker

From the Archive

Gallery guide for 2010 Crafts Council touring exhibition 'Lab Craft: Digital Adventures in Contemporary Craft', which explores the influence of digital tools on contemporary craft practice. © Crafts Council

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