Digitally designed and fabricated ceramics products.
Founded in 2018, Coded Clay is a Pittsburgh-based studio that blends tradition and innovation to create unique ceramic products and works of art. Our approach allows for the exploration of surface textures and forms that cannot be made using traditional fabrication processes.
After two years of designing and countless rounds of prototyping, we have perfected the fabrication technique, scaled up production, and are ready to share our work with the world. Our products are divided into a series of collections that explore different aspects of the Coded Clay approach. Our first collection, Strata, focuses on the unique surface textures that can be created using this new fabrication technique (3D printing).
The forms are sketched and then modeled in a parametric design program that allows us to create complex and intricate designs. The products are then produced on custom-built 3D printers. While we approach the design and fabrication in a new way, once the products are made, we rely on the tools and skills traditionally used by ceramic artists. Each piece is refined by hand, fired, glazed by hand and fired again, which means that craftsmanship and artistry remain an integral part of each piece. They are not machine made, they are digitally crafted. You can find much more information about the fabrication on our process page.
Material + Finishes
We use white stoneware clay for our work. All of our pieces are available in white, and many are available raw (unglazed exterior) to better highlight our intricate and detailed textures through the interplay of light and shadow.
About the Founder
Brian Peters is the founder of Coded Clay. The company was born out of his experience and interest in 3D printing with ceramics, which began during a ceramic residency in 2012 while he was living in the Netherlands. During that time he launched Building Bytes, which has been focused on 3D printing ceramic bricks for architectural applications. More recently, Brian has expanded his work with 3D printed ceramics, creating Coded Clay to offer homewares to a broader audience. Brian is trained as an architect and his passion lies at the intersection of architecture, art, design and fabrication, and his focus is on 3D printing’s ability to seamlessly integrate these interests. His research in this field is widely publicized and has received several prestigious awards.