The Making and Knowing Project’s laboratory space in Chandler Hall at Columbia University is the home to many of the Project’s recipe reconstructions, experiments, student skillbuilding activities, materials, objects, and research results. From verdigris pigment “growing” and cuttlefish bone casting to preserving flowers and golden varnishes, the lab is M&K’s experimental space and workshop.
Please explore the videos below to learn more, and check out the Project’s Youtube channel.
Direction and Editing: Lan Li
Production: Tianna Uchacz
- Tour the Lab
- Introduction to the Making and Knowing Project
- Skillbuilding in the Lab Seminars
- Project Themes
- Moldmaking and Metalworking
- Practical Knowledge
- Focus Videos
- Project Design
- Colors and Dyes
- Hourglass San
- Unexpected Successes and Failures
- Metal Casting with Toulouse Sand
Tour the Lab
Making and Knowing Project Director Pamela H. Smith introduces the Project and the lab space at Columbia University.
Skillbuilding in the Lab Seminars
Making and Knowing Project Director Pamela H. Smith presents the skillbuilding activities that introduce Lab Seminar students to reconstruction as a research method.
Making and Knowing Project Director Pamela H. Smith outlines the past three annual themes of the Project’s research, and details some of the reconstructions and results relating to them.
Year 1 (2014-15): Moldmaking and Metalworking
Year 2 (2015-16): Colormaking
Year 3 (2016-17): Practical Knowledge
Members of the M&K team share a selection of Project aspects and focuses.
Focus Video on a recipe for preserving fresh flowers and how its reconstruction highlights the Project’s iterative design, presented by Postdoctoral Scholar (2016-19) Tianna Uchacz.
Colors and Dyes
Focus Video on understanding materials through experiments with natural colorants, pigments, and dyes, presented by Project Manager Naomi Rosenkranz.
Focus Video on an unlikely recipe for making the powder used as “sand” in hourglasses, presented by Project Director Pamela H. Smith.
Focus on Unexpected Successes and Failures
Focus Video on the surprising outcomes of making molds from freshly baked bread, presented by Postdoctoral Scholar (2014-17) Donna Bilak.
Metal Casting with Toulouse Sand
Focus Video on making box molds with sand from Toulouse, France, presented by Postdoctoral Scholar (2014-17) Joel A. Klein.