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The Perfect Glaze: Using Evolutionary Computing to Format the Most Aesthetically Pleasing Glaze

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Taylor Hutchison
Advisors: Walter Potter, Steve Alexander and Patrick Veerkamp

Using evolutionary computing, a coding algorithm which evolves on its own when certain characteristics are inputted to eventually form an ideal solution, along with aesthetic decisions from the artist, we plan to formulate and create our version of a perfect glaze for ceramics. In order to reach this goal, we will start with the basic formula for a common glaze and begin manipulating the characteristics based upon what is possible for the glaze and what is aesthetically pleasing to most individuals; these glazes would then be fired on test tiles and displayed for careful observation and a further narrowing of the evolving formula.