Project 2, Glass and ceramics reflection
In this particular project I believe I skipped some research phases. Though I really enjoyed the project I feel like I could have done more. It was fun for me working with such variety of materials,that’s why I also did some extra work adviced by Helen.
The clay tile was not what I was hoping before because as explained before I didn’t manage to get the image I wanted in time so it ended up being too simple for me and I believe it doesn’t show my skills completely. Next time I should really try to print the images I need for the project sooner and not 10 minutes before the workshop.
On the other hand, I was really happy with my glass tiles (The 3 pieces) because they came out of the kiln quiet similar as they were before going inside and the work itself really reflects me. A note to self would be probably:
- Managing my time better
- Focus on research
- Take responsibility if I leave things for last minute
- Learn with my experiences, with the positives and negatives.
I believe this project got me closer to my course choice since I enjoyed more than the others.
To the first part of the project we were told to choose a 2D image so we would convert it to 3D using clay. I had a few ideas right away about the image I wanted to work on, unfortunately I thought it would be fine to print the image right before going to the workshop but when I got to the computer room pinterest was not working in any of the computers so I had no way to reach the image I wanted. I realised I had no other option but to find another image so I went to my camera pictures and picked one:
I printed it out and went to the workshop.
At the workshop:
Helen first explained the basics of working with clay. The way to create the tile the size we wanted, how to cut it and roll it so it wouldn’t get air bobbles when going to the “oven” and how to pass our image to the tile without ripping it apart. We started!
Bottom right picture: Final work
In the tile I wanted to use the 3 different plans. Something in relief, something with depth and line. I managed using the three and at the end the piece looked really simple but only because it doesn’t have colour yet. All along the process of making my piece I was thinking about the range of colours I would use, something like Elpspeth Owen’s work.
At the end of the workshop Helen told us we could do extra clay work and gave out some sheets about 2 different techniques we could follow that I kept on my course file and I experimented them:
The last picture: My last 3 pots. The left and middle one represent the rocks in depth and line (respectively) and the right pot is a combination of depth, line and relief. Again the pieces are quiet simple but the colour will give them the interest I’m looking for.
The pieces after the kiln ready to be painted:
Project 2, Research Ceramic Artists
As I got comfortable with A1 sheets I decided to make my ceramic research in one. We were told we had to make it as visual as possible therefore, no text. I collected the images of ceramic work that got my attention and information about the artists that made them. I started my sheet! Began pasting the photos I had printed from the artists to make the sheet as interesting as possible. I looked at the colours, shapes, tones, techniques.. What called my attention at first was the range of colours, blues, greens, purples and how well they worked together. I printed some pictures that I ended up not using so here’s the list of artists on my sheet and the reason why they are there:
- Christopher Dean – He used a map in one of his pots, at least that is how I interpret it, it looks like an old map due to his colour use ( mainly tonalities of brown and yellow). It’s really interesting how he represents it on the pot
- Kate Malone – Her art pieces are colour explosions and their detail seems almost unbelieble to human hands.
- Clare Twoney
- Gordon Baldwin
- Margaret O’Rorke – Her lamp collection amazes me by it’s beautiful shapes. They are so delicate and simple porcelan pieces but extremely complex as well.
- Elspeth Owen – Perfectly unperfect pots with a range of blue tons that remind me of the sea, which means a lot to me because it reminds me of home.
- Adam Buick – His collection of tiny jars is pretty simple but the patterns used on them are simply amazing to me.
After this research I started drawing the elements that made me print the pictures I did and this was the final sheet (without the artists names, I added them later):