Royal Photographic Society awards Saxby Medal to UWE Fine Print researcher

Issue date: 31 August 2011

David Huson, research fellow in the University of the West of England's Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR)has been awarded the Saxby Medal by the Royal Photographic Society in their annual awards.

The Saxby Medal is an award for achievement in the field of three-dimensional imaging, endowed by Graham Saxby Hon FRPS in appreciation of the benefits of 50 years membership of The Society.

David has been awarded the medal for the body of work he has undertaken at UWE since 2000. This includes research into early photo-mechanical print techniques on ceramics and alternative substrates, and 3D rendering and printing.

He received funding in 2000-2003 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for research entitled 'A Practical Re-appraisal of Continuous Tone Photo-relief Printing for Ceramics and Alternative Substrates'. This project explored the potential of early photo-mechanical printmaking techniques, including the Woodburytype process for the printing for high quality photographic imagery onto ceramics and alternative substrates.

As a result of the success of this research, UWE's 3D printing lab, led by David and Professor Steve Hoskins, director of the CFPR, was set up in 2007 with funding from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and Science Research Investment Fund which allowed the purchase of equipment. This was followed by an AHRC grant for a project entitled 'The Fabrication of 3 Dimensional Art and Craft Artefacts through Virtual Digital Construction and Output (2007-09), to carry out research into 3D rendering and 3D printing.

This study was undertaken from the perspective of the artist/craftsperson and sought to adapt its generic, intermediary, industrial role as a tool for creation of temporary prototypes to the production of one-off, permanent bespoke or limited edition artefacts. His current project entitled 'Solid Free-Form Fabrication in Fired Ceramic as a Design Aid for Concept Modelling in the Ceramic Industry (2011-12)' aims to prove the commercial viability of 3D printed ceramic bodies as a design tool for concept modelling of tableware and whiteware for the ceramic industry.

David said, “I was surprised and delighted to receive this award as it was unexpected and I am very honoured with the recognition from the Royal Photographic Society. This award reflects the expertise and dedication of the team at the CFPR.”

Professor Steve Hoskins said, “CFPR are very pleased that David's multidisciplinary work has been recognised by this award. CFPR has one of the most comprehensive sets of state-of-the-art 2D and 3D printing, cutting, machining and fabrication hardware in the creative arts departments of universities in the UK. By adapting to the changing demands in the market and requirements of the user, David is able to conduct research that has direct application to industry, creative design, science and art. The Centre's long-term vision is to capitalise on the strengths that have been built over the last ten years to work in new and innovative ways towards novel surface print, design and fabrication in 2 and 3 dimensions, combining a multi-technology approach of using new materials and processes to push forward new ideas and innovation. ”

Dave will receive his award at a ceremony at the Royal Society on 8 September.


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