Artist Statement

“…new technology enables me…to create [my] own tools with unprecedented levels of ease and accuracy.”

“I think it would be interesting to explore the notion of ‘chains of tools’—the sequences of tools that facilitate the creation of other tools.”

Tavs Jorgensen   |   Devon, England

My tool is a reconfigurable pin mold—a single device that can be used to make an infinite variety of shapes.

This type of mold has been described as a universal tool or even as an “ideal tool”. I have created my own tooling device based on this concept to create a series of glass bowls. The tool is constructed from a number of pins and a set of perforated plates which lock the pins in place. Flat glass disks are placed on top of the pins and heated in a kiln to create various bowl shapes.

I could not have made this tool without digital technology. Such new technology enables me, and other individual makers, to create our own tools with unprecedented levels of ease and accuracy.

I think it would be interesting to explore the notion of “chains of tools”—the sequences of tools that facilitate the creation of other tools.