5 March 2020
8:00AM – 5:00PM — Cowgill Lobby


On Thursday, March 5, 2020, the exhibition in the Cowgill Lobby will comprise of a series of tile projects associated with the School of Architecture and School of Design directed by Assistant Professor of Practice Martha Sullivan. The exhibit includes a preview of a public art installation designed in conjunction with Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, samples from Molded Ceramics/Design Related Media press molded tile project, and a hands on experience for the Living Lab tile project for the Richmond.

In Nov-Dec 2019, Sullivan led a press molded tile workshop at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts in the Songjiang District of Shanghai, China. The workshop took place in a foundation design course in partnership with Professor Hongjiang Wang and Professor Nina Li. Students from multiple sections were given design brief that is similar to a press molded project completed at Virginia Tech in Molded Ceramics. First, the students explore nature through drawing and photography to develop a vocabulary of observable design elements and principles. Students abstract the images into linear shape based compositions. Those compositions are them used as modules to explore traditional tile pattern techniques. The pattern concept is then translated back into 3-Dimensional Texture in a clay positive. The clay positive is cast in plaster to make a mold. Each student pressed molded at least 16 tiles for an array. All of the student tiles were used to design a tile mural set for installation in the National Pediatric Hospital of China associated with Fudan University in Shanghai, China, in 2020.