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Adam Chau's work explores how we can introduce the human hand into computer-controlled environments. He makes handmade brushes that replace standard bits on a CNC machine to surface ceramic objects in cobalt blue. By having a unique tool only made possible by the hand, the outcomes differ from each other even when the program is repeated. The moth silhouette of these plates is a reference to the term ‘mushikui’ (moth-eaten edge), which describes a favorable, inconsistent cobalt line in porcelain decoration. Silhouetted animal and body part shapes mimick ko-sometsuke ware (Chinese exports of silhouetted dishes for the Japanese market) to show that digital technology can develop while still holding on to traditional themes. Adam Chau currently lives in Port Chester, NY where he is a Program Manager at Clay Art Center.

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