As an optional workshop we were shown some techniques using printing most of these were on glaze methods.
We were given an already glazed tiles and given a peak into to many techniques one that i really enjoyed was with the use of acetate then you applied a sticky medium and rolled this out as evenly as possible, then used paper towels to reduce the stickiness you can then tape this down to your chosen surface so that it does move to much. This then gives you the freedom to freehand your drawing and transfer the medium on to the tile.
To reveal the image we were then given on-glaze powders you lightly dust this on and sticks to the medium showing your line work if theirs any marks that are unwanted you can just wipe them off so this is a very flexible method.
With collections as the basis of this project we traveled to the Pitt rivers in oxford. As oxford is my home town i had been to the museum multiple times but still i welcomed the opportunity, as there is no other museum like it as it has such rich collections of almost everything. And every time i go there i stumble on something new on this visit i was particularly interested is there collection of lamps from all over the world. and different eras.
It was an eye opener just to see how much variety there was coming in all shapes and sizes it also taught me a little bit of the history of lighting and how different cultures had made it work for them. Therefor showing just how crucial light is to every culture and how its been refined over time.
As my main theme was i lights i wanted to visit other art work that involved using light as a strong focus or work where the lights were the art work which was the majority of what i saw at the lights museum in London. It was really interesting to see the different ways light had been used to communicate.
One thing that really draws me to this work is the linear approach to the symbols and the bits that are lit are all you need to see. Its interesting how the different fonts of the lettering on each piece communicate something totally different.’Be kind to animals or I’ll kill you’ is in scrawly writing as if its been hand written and in a mellow purple and shows a more comic effect i think. Whereas ‘LIGHT THE WAY’ in all caps and stiff lettering in a hot red gives a more sinister sense reinforcing the fact its on a petrol can.
Thinking of how i would like my book to be structure i first thought of a concertina as i think it allows narrative to flow naturally with the page lay out. With this i went to a work shop that involved making concertina. This was very useful as it gave an insight into the processes it takes to make a neat, finished book it also showed me how measuring is an important part of this and, with the use of tools such as a bone folder really help give the book clean cut finish.
The only challenge with this layout is how i would apply acetate and would i be able to get the layering effect i wanted to achieve.
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.