Name: Bryan Cera
Home: Calgary, AB, Canada
Day Job: Professor in Object Making and Emerging Technologies at the Alberta College of Art and Design
How did you get started making?
My roots as a maker are in drawing and music. These two passions led me to try animation, which in turn – in the digital age we live in – led me to computer programming. Once I realized that I could use the same code I’d learned for screen-based creations to manipulate machines and robots, I fell head-over-heels with robotics, DIY electronics, and digital fabrication.
What type of maker would you classify yourself as?
A polymath / renaissance person / multipotentialite.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve made?
One of my favorite things to make is purpose-built tools for projects. For me, making a project begins when I’m drawing up plans for the tools to fabricate it. Currently, my favorite creation is a custom-designed ceramic 3D printer.
What’s something you’d like to make next?
I’ve created a robot whose function is to make things out of clay. Next, I’d like to make a functioning robot OUT of clay.
Any advice for people reading this?
If your passion is making – pursue a career that facilitates it!
Bryan will be showing off his Art+Tech Projects at Maker Faire Milwaukee, which is happening September 23 & 24, 2017 at the Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.
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