With this field we are given an insight into multiple processes and techniques on the many forms of decoration with clay.
One form is the use of decals which is a technique that is uses on already glazed ceramics this is useful if you want to use original artwork or photographs as it is digital way of transferring an image as you send it off to a company which then prints your image in ceramic pigment.
Once you have your decals they are fairly easy to apply, you can cut them to shape then place them in a bowl of tepid water and wait until the clear plastic layer starts to slide away from the paper.
You then transfer them gently to the plate using a rubber kidney to get rid of any air bubbles as this can effect the quality during firing.
By looking at others collections and the materials im using and what ascetic they give i decided to do my collection around light and doing this by using the transparency of the acetate for a conductor of light itself.
Using line i stated experimenting with thick gouache paint as a back ground and layering the drawings on top of one another. i also applied the paint directly on to the acetate which gave a bold colours and also created some texture when held up to the light which i quite liked so i plan to continue playing around this. i want to integrate the human form in some way as i think light is an import factor of life and is usually overlooked on a daily basis but it is really essential and can influence our moods and emotions and i want to try and communicate this.
Our first mile stones was to make a zine as a way to to communicate our ideas for what our collections might be.
I use this to demonstrate the technique i was going to use, i then furthered it by introducing people and also random sentences from books to see how this effected the feel of the image. And weather it reinforced or contradicted the mood of the picture.
Looking in to the native Americans was really interesting as they see home as living at one with nature and have many traditions and rituals that are carried down from generation to generation and this is mainly through story telling. There is also the fact that they were forced out of there rightful homes by the Europeans and put in to reservation most of which were in poor condition.
The more i researched the more i found that the native Americans were very often misrepresented, and there true history was often brushed over so with my plates i wanted to represent the true story and illustrate just some of the things that they had to suffer. But i also wanted to layer it with the more romanticized vision of native Americans to show the contrast.
Our first brief of the year was to create a book to a high professional standard based on collections for the whole term. This brief was very open to interpretation as it could be based upon a personal collection or a response to someone elses or could even challenge what a collection is. So it gave a lot to play around with but it was also quite difficult to try and focus on one thing as its so broad. I started by doing some research into the artist suggested and also ones that came up in my previous book project Erik Satie biography. We were also told to maybe limit the materials we use so that theirs an obvious acetic to the images.
As i really enjoyed working with acetate i decided to continue this and see what effect i could create. One artist that really stood out was Roderick Mills as he uses linear lines which create great detail but layers this on to block colour. Which i think gives an interesting composition to the image.
This technique of layering, simple line and colour is something i want to integrate into my work.
In this field i chose to do hoe truths as i wanted to expand on the materials i work with. the out come for this field is six ceramic plates that form a narrative and is mainly focusing on surface design.when thinking about what kind of narrative we wanted to produced we were asked to think of a plate that was special to us whether its was a special plate we ate off when we were young or a plate on display in our family. one that popped into my head was a plate at me nans house with a red Indian chief on it as she has always collected native American memorabilia i wanted to look in to this further.
To get inspiration i went to research ceramic artists one work that i really admired was Graycen Perry’s recent creations where from a far looked like pretty decorative vase but when seen in detail told a much more hard hitting story but this was Perry’s intentions as he describes how he doesn’t want to sacrifice the ascetics of a piece to betray concept and this is something that i may want to think about when designing my plates.
I started playing around with different materials i was particularly interested in the opaque silk and i liked the way the images could mold together when in the light. I wanted to take this further so i stated experimenting with acetate as i really wanted to focus on Saties eccentric personality but in an unusual, abstract way as he was known for breaking the rules and going against the norms. So i started to overlap images i had made of Saties experiences through out his life and i think through this they started to tell a story and the more images that overlapped the more that information got lost but i quite liked that as i felt that Erik Satie told so many stories that the truth in them got lost and diluted.
But i also wanted to introduce colour and this was a bit of a challenge working with acetate, and also i didn’t want to block out any detail from my linear drawings as the idea is for them to all work together in chaos to demonstrate Saties erratic behavior. But with 24 pages i decided to split my book into chapters so that you can still appreciate each drawing and gain a different perspective each time you turn the page. I played around with coloured sharpy but the effect wasn’t very strong and created texture which i think drew away from the images.