As well as Glass By Design there is a Student Association Scheme with Craft in the Bay that is looking to build closer relations to Artist Designer Maker and Cardiff School of Art and Design. Craft in the Bay to my understanding introduces two new members yearly and has built quite a variety in the displayed works.
The scheme allows those who apply and are selected to build relationships with the Maker Guild of Wales and Craft in the Bay and helps with professional support, training and opportunities to build networks through maker guild membership.
Due to the fluidity of Craft in the Bay there are several glass artists already within which has helped me value how much artists working with the material charge and the size of the objects and look among other things are although I am aware that tax and gallery commission price adds to the cost seen on the ticket. I have spoken to two of the ladies that run the maker guild and surprisingly they recognise my name from the medal from second year which also went on their online webpage, I intend to message in the new year the gallery and see if I can arrange a placement as in the future I would like to see my business expand and maybe even employ staff of course this comes down to meeting the right people and being pushed in the right direction. This is a long term scenario so I am hopeful that this is a step in the right direction to make this idea more of a reality.
The original medal didn’t come out as good as I had hoped and unfortunately wasn’t able to be put forward for the BAMS competition of 2016 but the roughly quality wise version made it in to Craft in the Bay and was one of the few that were selected to go on the official page for the website as shown.
this was a surprise, I have now decided which may come back to haunt me timewise to redo the medal and create three outcomes of the medal one showing each side on a display and a third made in wax. My accompanying book is being finalised and needs the last finishing touches when the second medal casting process is complete.
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.
Today with a group of fellow makers we discussed as a group with Jon our ideas for the projects that we are seeing through to completion and the progress with them. breaking it down into individual projects I summarised that :-
- Bams medal was now in Craft in the Bay but I am hoping to redo a second pour next term and have at least two cast medals in exhibition, I have spoken to Pip my head of year and Dallas that runs foundry and they are both happy in redoing the process providing it is organised in advance to ensure their is enough material left for anyone else who needs it.
- The Light project at this moment in time I am looking to make the final piece but I am not sure whether I want to go forward and enter the piece for the competition aspect mainly for confidence but more workload and deadline balance. How this will work for marking I am not sure and will have to clarify more next tem but I am hopeful this will be okay.
- Work Experience was great despite circumstances not going my way, having experience in industry was really beneficial and I hope in the end of year exhibition to show these areas of development as a continuing portfolio of work and have outcomes that highlight what I learnt from the placement.
- Faking it was really positive and the set is getting its value time wise and so far is set up for in three different display areas one of which will be down in the bay so there will be two pieces of my work in exhibition in the Bay in April wahoo.
- Make your mark ideas are minimal at the moment but I am looking to get in contact with artists to discuss ideas and such and bring this back to portfolio work, whether this will work or not I am not sure but its in its early days so fingers crossed things wont go to wrong along the way.
The medal is nearly done in most respects and requires a few hours tlc for the deadline. I’m debating putting it in for the exhibition in Craft in the Bay without any colour in the knowledge that I will most likely melt it down if possible to redo and based on recent events the bronze supply is running quite low in fact it’s run out at least twice this academic year. I realise I’ll come into big trouble in regards to other projects but it’s getting tougher so if I can pull this off why not go for it while I have the largest amount of time to do it. Whether this is possible depends on what happens tomorrow but fingers crossed I can get this done before the end of this term which is this week coming.
A bit of welding has been done on the medal but the welding machine broke before the rest could be done so im buggered in that respect but only one area that can be mostly hidden is affected by this. Based on this im pleased that the detail mostly came out but id strongly recommend and will push to get it redone in the bronze process.