So here it is the porcelain circles wall panel in all its deserved glory. I've spray painted the 45cm x 45cm MDF board with satin black and then using a cardboard circle with a hole in the centre drew the design on the board and marked the middles of each circle. Once I had found the middle I then hammered in each of the 141 (I think) nails at the same height using a spirit level for accuracy. (The nails were going to be at different heights but the board was too thin the make it possible but I was more concerned about the gradiant) Then using Unibond no nails adhesive blobbed a bit on each nail and placed the circles on top. Overall I am very pleased with the piece and will be willing to make more (different sizes too) in the future; I love how some of the circles have got streaks of white in with the blue which was a happy accident. This piece will be for sale once I've had the assessment on the 16th January.
I had an idea to make a wall panel piece using porcelain with different amounts of copper oxide. The lighter green in the middle of the design gradually getting darker towards the outside due to the higher percentage of oxide. As the circles get darker and further outwards they will be raised up a bit on props. When and if I get round to making the actual piece it will be mounted on a wooden board with the porcelain circles on nails hammered in at different heights.
Below I have experimented with different patterns.
Sorry about the poor quality of photos they were taken on my phone.
I have recently loaded, programmed and unloaded my first kiln at college which had some of my porcelain pieces in. Below are some photos of them in the kiln and after coming out. I love the double skinned ones with blue on the outside and white on the inside. I have chosen to tear the rims to highlight the fragility of the material.
For the External Design Museum project at college I was inspired by the Martin Brothers who are hugely influenced by nature. So I had a bare pot and didn't want to do a plain glaze on it so I glazed the inside clear and then took it home to be smoke fired in a baking tray. I gathered some oak leaves on my way home and stuck them to the pot using double sided sticky tape, then I used a sponge dipped it in some slip resist liquid used for rakuing and dabbed around the edges of the leaves. Then I took the leaves and the tape off and placed it in the baking tray with sawdust and newspaper piled around it and lit it. Once I was happy that the smoke had done its job I waited for it to cool off before cleaning it with a cloth and water. I am very pleased with the results as the Martin Brotheres were influenced by nature and their surrounding where I have actually used nature to create the markings on the pot.
Here's the almost finished porcelain tea light holders. I may sandblast into them with different patterns. They are curently displayed at Plymouth College of Art and they will be for sale at the Christmas Fair on the 26th November at the college from 12pm-3pm.
left to right: 2%, 7% and 10% Cobalt oxide. (no glaze)
Plymouth College of Art is holding a Christmas Fair in the canteen Saturday 26th November 12pm-3pm raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support with a raffle and craft stalls. Some of the artists lined up are: Jane Mooney- Ceramics, Dave Roberts- Glass, James Reynolds - Hand Carved Crafts, Susie Joan Accessories -Jewellery, Lesley Rowland - Semi Precious Gem Jewellery and Myself selling some my ceramic work. So come on down and support your local artists/students, buy some unique Christmas presents and raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
For the External Design project at college I decided to create a 2 part vase with surface texture on inspired by the Martin Brothers (the final piece had to be inspired by a collection in the Plymouth Museum). I threw the two pieces on the wheel then joined them the next day and creating a surface on the pot using a serrated metal kidney to scratch on to it. Once it was bisque fired I glazed the inside clear using a stoneware glaze and then I painted the outside with cobalt oxide and then using a sponge and water wiping off the excess. Then getting fired to 1260 degrees celcius.
Top of the pot
Bottom of the pot
Using a serrated metal kidney to create a surface texture
It has been bisque fired and has cobalt oxide on to pick up the detail of the texture.
Finished piece with clear glaze on the inside and the cobalt oxide on the outside.
The wonderful Jane Mooney holds Clothes Swaps at Plymouth College of Art for students to donate and trade clothes. She also has stalls for other students willing to sell their work, 2nd year students earning money to go to New Designers in London and other companies such as Funky Jewellery.
Myself, Jane and Charlotte Wood (all ceramicists) each had a table selling our ceramic works; Jane does thrown pots and Charlotte (the left table in the photo) has created earthenware bowls by dribbling slip into a plaster bowl then glazing them clear to a 1100 degrees celcius otherwise they will warp in the kiln on the higher firing. Also they are very fragile. At the Clothes Swap I sold 6 pieces which I was very pleased with.
I apologise in advance for the poor quality of photos as they were taken on my phone.
I've tried slipcasting with porcelain last year for my personal project but it kept on ripping. So I thought I'd try it again and it worked. I made some plaster moulds of some thrown pots I made, turned and put my stamp on. I seperated the plain slip into 4 pots and added different amounts of cobalt oxide to them so they should come out blue. They are going to be fired straight to 1260 degrees celcius (I'm not going to put a glaze on them) then once they are fired I'm going to sandblast different patterns on them for tea light holders.
ready to be fired (the back 3 are darker because I used a higher percentage of cobalt oxide)
a porcelain jar again going up to 1260 degrees and then sandblasted
(I will probably go with this design as my final piece as I like the angle of the award)
For External Design at college we have to design and make a prototype for the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery to either go on the wall in the Atrium or in the glass cabinet. Then we had to chose which award we wanted to design- the AoC Gold Award (6 awards) or the Media Innovation Awards (16 awards) I chose the Gold Award because if I won I would only have to make 6. It was a bit off putting at first as for the past 7 years it has always been a glass awards and because I work in ceramics I felt a bit like whats the point of even trying almost. But once I got some ideas flowing I started to enjoy it and thought that if you can made a piece in glass you can make it in ceramics. I started to research into stone sculptures, organic and abstract forms as there isn't any ceramic awards out there. I did look briefly at glass awards and did get some ideas through that. But I settled for a design which was a double bowl with 6 different pierced patterns on the outside bowl but with the same shape and font. The bowls would sit inside each other with a slab to cover up the gap. On the slab would include the text ' AoC Gold Awards 2012' (using metal letter stamps) as instructed on the brief. Also on the brief was to include an element of gold which I am going to use on the letters and possibly on the rim of the patterns. I have also experimented with different angles of the award and I like the idea of having it tilted at an angle to view the writing and the inside bowl.
There was a new glaze at college called Wegners Plum (purple). The test piece looked really nice so thought I'd give it a go without testing it on a little loopy piece. I love the colour, there are some areas where the glaze didn't quite reach but overall it looks good.