The Extruder: a self-constructed, 3-ton strong ceramic-press.
This machine is part of a new direction for the studio to explore a more autonomous manufacturing system. The creator, Anton Alvarez, has distanced himself from the making process and now surveys his machine in operation and, in communication with the person operating the machine, creates objects without physically being involved.
In the spring of 2016, the Main Gallery at the National Centre for Craft & Design, UK was transformed into a working ceramics factory. The Extruder, drying racks and 2 tons of clay create the factory setting while the gallery staff act as the factory employees. The exhibition is titled Alphabet Aerobics.