For the past two years since joining Maker ive visited and helped with setting up in any way I can with Sarah James and Made By Hand. Made by hand without doubt is no easy event to pull of but is a fantastic day visit if ever around Cardiff at the end of October. Made by Hand brings together artists from all across the Uk primarily 60% or so being from Wales alone. This year due to the importance of time and the ending of my degree on the horizon I didn’t volunteer but I’m hoping that given the way the Cardiff stall has changed I will be able to present my work in the Maker stall next october with Made By Hand. In order to link my work that at this moment in time is experimental ive looked through the separate parts of the stall criteria for Made By Hand and highlighted artists and companies that link to the ideas that I would like to bring out in my work for Formative submission in December and Summative in early May next year. These were the few I came across
- Alex Mccarthy Ceramics www.mccarthyceramics.com
- Full Circle Turning www.marksanger.co.uk
- Hannah Dowding Furniture www.hannahdowdingfurniture.co.uk
- Beryl Morgan’s Glass Design www.berylmorgans.com
- Kaby Bitten Glass www.kabybittenglass.co.uk
- Richie Alli Glass www.richiealliglass.co.uk
- Thomas Petit Glass www.thomaspetitglass.com
- Michelle Griffiths www.shibori.co.uk
Covering a few areas of interest mainly due to the possibilities of cross technique experiments and such throughout my sketchbook and through the cabinet ive been trying to create experiments that highlight this and whether these in themselves focus on objects even though im not intending them to for the sake of the stage im at in the process.
Throughout my two and 1/3 years of study at Cardiff Met ive heard and been meaning to look into and explore the Made In Roath scene having done Made By Hand for the last two years and potentially this year as well but haven’t had the time to be able to do it. Made In Roath is a community event situated all around the outer reaches of Cardiff displaying everything from work to buy to installation pieces, movies, community markets and so on. With over 64 locations and events going on from the 9th October to the 16th October there is plenty to see and do.
To make up for lost time I visited visited the website http://madeinroath.com/and found what was going on and where everything was. Throughout going through the events I found quite a few links to artists working in Ceramics that are currently studying or graduates of Ceramic from Cardiff Met. This was quite a happy moment due to my course being relatively knew there are a few graduates that are doing really well having been on the market for one or two years such as my 3rd year buddy Alexana Blott and her cutlery creations http://www.alexana-blott.co.uk/. Looking through I found these events granted there isn’t many glass related events and I dont really use Ceramic this would be quite a diverse experience for me. These are the events I hope to attend.
For the make your mark project ive been asked along with visual data in the form of blog and sketchwork as examples to produce a series of outcomes that relate to my interests and individualities in the making process. At this stage im pretty sure im not the only one that is struggling to figure out what I actually want to make and what materials I want to choose.
At the moment and this is a worrying thing im enjoying making and getting involved with the actual outcomes and trial and errors coming forward but i feel im lagging behind and not wanting to produce anything because I cant find what I enjoy making easily and more to the point why this is a sellling object and uniqueness it has to the market. As someone who has confidence issues im sure this will get better in time but its one of those things that one side of the situation will always dominate judgement.
However ive made a start at some mindmaps and moodboards of objects that I like and artists that’s work I find inspiring and as someone who doesn’t like drawing because im not a confident drawer I hope this will help me push forward in this area and show how ive changed from the way I worked in first year and how this can also evolve in third year. Entering into third term things are hectic but some projects are slowly coming to their endpoint and hopefully I will have a reasonable amount of time at the end before exhibit setup to fix any problems that may occur, whether this is possible I wont know till later on but it is always best to set realistic goals and try your best to reach them then have no goals and nothing to aim for.