The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design announced the winners of the first Materials-Based Research Grant. Three teams, selected from 46 applicants, received $10,000 each for a project that integrates innovative materials science and crafting. The judges were Martin Conreen from the University College of London and the University of London, Kieren Jones from the University of the Arts London, and Leila Kinney from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. One prize went to Gregg Moore and Tobias Landberg of Arcadia University. They are comparing the mineral quality of bone china derived from animals raised in industrialized farming environments to that from traditionally-raised animals. Preliminary data suggests “factory farming” depletes minerals important for the china’s quality. A second grant went to Ryan Hoover of the Maryland Institute College of Art and Walter Zimbeck of Technology Assessment & Transfer. They are developing a method of 3D printing that uses bacteria to produce cellulose microfibers with material properties calculated to optimize performance of any given form. Thirdly, Jeffrey Karson and Robert J. Wysocki of Syracuse University are developing a method of simulating igneous flows using real basaltic lava and multiple simulated conditions. The lava flows would be used for artistic and educational purposes.