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AUTOMATED FEEDER – Eat Like What You Eat


The second-course references the automated feeding tools inside industrialized farms.
Automated food pellet dispensing tray.

Automated metal water nipple drinkers.

The earlier design of this course were in two distinct pieces. They are later served together on a ‘feeding tray’. This course references feeding tools in industrialized chicken farms and re-imagines them in high-end tabletop materials. During the meal the food and sauces are dispensed by taking the food and dapping the metal nipple of the dispense, in a way, is a re-enactment of the chickens on the feeding floor.

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These forms were to be made of ceramics. The first step is to make the positive shape out of plaster then-> negative then-> slip cast in porcelain.
The auto bird-feeder is made of two parts. This is the smaller top lid.

The bottom tray of the bird feeder is a larger cone-shape dish designed for the food to slide out as the diner eats.

I had to make a few tools to craft these pieces. This is a turn-table with laser-cut gears, powered by a cordless-drill. It got the job done!

My overall mess at ITP.

The molds were bought to Clayspace1205,

for porcelain slip-casting.

The plaster molds absorbes moister from the porcelain slip and leaves a layer of clay behind. The longer the wet slip is in the mold the thicker the ceramic cast. After the thickness is achieved the extra slip is poured out of the mold.

Testing the aesthetics of ceramic and brass.

For the water drinker, these are the actual metal-nipples used in industrial farms. The smaller one is for chickens and larger for turkeys. I visited BrooklynGlass in Gowanus, Brooklyn and they suggested using a ChemThread connection to a glass tube.

With this connection there was an opportunity to articulate the glass in a symbolic way. Thinking about liquid and chemicals made me think of what’s going on inside the chicken’s bodies. The glass tubes are then crafted into ‘y’-shaped veins referencing their blood vessels.

Laurie Korowitz and David Ablon at BrooklynGlass made this possible!

The metal components are from a jewelry supplies store, Metalliferous, in midtown.

A wooden base was designed to incorporate the two automated feeder and drinker together.

David Lobser, my friend and fellow ITP classmate, helped me generate the 3-D cad file to CNC. The file was split into two-parts. This top part took roughly 4.5hrs to cut at ITP.

The bottom part was secured into a MDF base. This took roughly 5hrs to cut.

Cleaning up with a chisel.

This is part of the ‘Eat Like What You Eat’ thesis project. Back to the main page.

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