"Assemblage" is the 3-D version of "collage”. "Found object fragments," "discards," or "throwaways" (artist's work to look at: Schwitters, Cornell, Rauschenberg, Bearden, etc.).

These things are organized by their specific elements. The resulting groups are then arranged into compositions of art.

Extending to many cultures of people living in family, religious, work, and various other groups; We could be viewed as a complex living version of "assemblage”(Webster 1. a group of persons or things gathered or collected).

We have “found” each other by chance; either by blood, common goals, or a certain chemistry. These connections help to formulate new ideas, innovations, and even new generations. John Anderson

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Clay Modeling Jobs for New Car Designs

Auto design- 3-D Clay Modeling jobs; $100,000+

This is just another good reason for the visual arts to be taught in our public school. Let's even ramp it up!

Clay modelers shape the future of auto design

Michael Wayland, Associated Press
9:49 am, April 21, 2015
In an era of computer-aided design and 3-D printing, one traditional craft remains in automakers' design studios: full-size clay models.

For 80 years, clay modelers have used their hands and tools to make real the two-dimensional car designs sketched on paper. Clay is extremely malleable. It allows modelers to fair a line here, to tuck a curve there, until the body design is perfected.
"We're good with the technology, but nothing speaks to 3-D like a clay model," said Joe Dehner, head of Dodge & Ram Truck exterior design for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, inside the automaker's Dodge design studio in Auburn Hills.

Twenty-five years ago, as milling and computer-aided design programs transformed the design process, it seemed clay modelers would be all but extinct. Bean counters saw the new technologies as a way to shorten the design process and cut costs. 
But carmakers found they were turning out lackluster vehicles due to a lack of hands-on interaction and being unable to effectively evaluate styling.

 "There was a rush to do totally digital," Dehner told The Detroit News. "I still think there's a desire in the design ranks to be more technically savvy, but the one thing about this is you're adding the human element."

The importance of that human element has made clay modelers such as Facciolla and Todd Wilburn, of the Dodge and Ram Design Studios, highly coveted by automakers. The number of skilled workers in the field has fallen because of digital processes, and not many universities offer training.

Clay modeling positions can pay a salary of more than $100,000. 

FCA US focuses on six design schools when looking for new clay designers. One of the top institutions is the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

CCS has offered automotive clay modeling for more than 20 years, and is known as a proving ground for those looking to enter the automotive industry.
Clay courses start with rudimentary introductions to the materials and how to mold the surfaces, followed by more advanced structures and practices. Students cannot earn a degree in automotive clay modeling, but they do receive a certificate upon completion.
"Talented clay modelers, physical sculptures, are in really high demand," said CCS undergraduate transportation design program head Paul Snyder, an internationally recognized automotive designer and alumnus. "These guys can basically write their own ticket if they're really that good."
Designers continue to work with modelers, who can spend hours sculpting a single panel or piece of a vehicle, and then have to do it all over again if changes are made by management or designers.

Once designers have half a model complete, they use an optical scanner to digitize the design. A milling machine replicates the design to the other side of the vehicle, which can be done overnight. Modelers and designs then dance between clay and digital renderings.

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