The 3D ceramic clay printer is based on an open-source delta 3D printer. The principle that guided the tool’s design was to have distinct tasks relegated to the computer and to the human hand. This was accomplished first by using the printer’s ability to control movement of the ceramic extrusion in the x,y and z directions. Therefore, the computer was used to virtually shape the proposed artifact and to accurately move the extruder along a path directed by G-code output. The hand of the craftsperson controls the material and is at risk while operating the tool.