Glowback: Arduino-Powered Clay Sculpture

Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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By Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

469 Articles

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Ben Hollis and Eva Funderburgh chose an unusual material to house their Arduino in: clay. Glowback, the little creature they’ve created, has nodules on its back made of transluscent porcelain. The porcelain gives off a soft glow in staggered rhythms provided by the super bright LEDs underneath the nodules.

With physical computing being used more and more in fine arts, it’s exciting to see a project such as this one. See Ben Hollis’ site for full documentation.

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