Joel Frank
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Porcelain + Chrome

 3D Rhino Model of artwork rendered out in Octane C4D

3D Rhino Model of artwork rendered out in Octane C4D


Ceramics has the creative immediacy like nothing else I have ever tried. It began in college and now anywhere I live, I always join the nearby communal ceramics studio; I'm currently at the Potter's Studio in Berkeley. Occasionally I plan out what I'm going to make with CAD models and rendering (as shown on the left). However, more often than not, I use ceramics as a tool to just see where creativity takes me. Clay always teaches me something, usually color, texture, and the flexibility of form. But more than anything it teaches me the power of letting go. If you hold on too tight and don't flow with your material it will fall apart right there in your hands. Working in ceramics always has a direct message related to design and making.. but whenever I look I find a fascinating metaphor that helps me do more and see clearer.

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Sanding Finish Work

Setting tool paths for CNC Mill using RhinoCam


Model Rhino 3D and Octane Render Cinema 4D

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Completed in Wood Shop

 Hand Built: Maple, Purple Heart, and Walnut

Hand Built: Maple, Purple Heart, and Walnut

Rendered 3d model using Rhino + Octane Render


I am often in bed late at night working on my laptop. With a crowded night stand, I had nowhere to put my computer when done so I developed these bedside computer holders. They mount to the wall and allow a laptop of any size to be held safely out of harms way from water glasses or the risk of falling that comes inherent with hastily leaving it on a bedside table. I love wood working so I make them for people whenever asked.