March 20th deadline

Despite a few problems the race is on to complete the pieces for the march 20th deadline. So far the light and bowl pieces have had problems but have been moving forward and altering as they go. My aim for the deadline is to have one of the light pieces completed and bowl pieces to demonstrate to Ingrid the idea of what the work will look like in the exhibit and how this is intended to be exhibited.


Janet Kelman

In my exhibition module research whilst looking in the library for glass books, I stumbled across the work of Janet Kelman. Janet Kelman pictured below education is in chemistry but has had a passion and work ethos for glass that has lasted for over 40 years. In particular, due to the limitations of equipment, we have in Cardiff being a glass slump kiln  her work is the perfect point of study. Janets work focuses on the sea and waves more than what I study which is leaves.

Janet kelman 1Janet kelman 2Janet kelman 3

Looking at the example images of her work the reflective qualities of her pieces are interesting and exactly what I want to achieve in both the bowls and the lights the problem is the surface they sit on has to be able to create this reflective effect.

Taking things forward martin has recommended I put aside the desire of using the Glass frits in the molds as the results, unfortunately, will not cut it in time.  So it remains to be seen what is achievable but for the work of Janet Kelman, I believe this process will be of great use for the degree show and beyond.

Exhibition talk with Pip and Huw

Yesterday as the end of second year arrived I had a short meet and discuss tutorial regarding the content on display in the exhibition, from my understanding this was to highlight your year and what you want to continue into next year and what you have learnt about yourself next year.

I was nervous for obvious reasons and explained my disappointment with Make Your Mark and the light along with the studio books but this was due to the confidence with them and the results as they are seen in exhibition. During the talk we covered pretty much everything on display and this is the basic breakdown

For Faking It and Work Experience I explained how the projects had affected me and the confidence of in the future being a propmaker and how the projects gave me insight into what the workplace is like and what it is like to work in a team to create an outcome.

There wasnt much discussion regarding questions to the medal although from past contact the imagery may need more refinement or a better understanding on the blog. However Pip was pleased that the problems of the original mould were solved even with the misfortunes of some of the lettering.

For Delight In Light huw was the tutor who saw me most and was pleased that I had tried my best following advice to complete the lamp and although the piece didn’t come completely together for exhibit it is something to learn from, another point that was mentioned was the accuracy of the costings of the piece which I wasnt sure would be appropriate but is something I can include and remember when I make the project next year again for the competition.

Make Your Mark was positive despite the misfortunes of the pieces and the potential is there but needs to be added to which is understandable and is something I am going to do anyway over the summer term due to wishing to continue to do glass in third year for the end of year pieces.

Overall I am really pleased by how well the talk appeared to go and despite a few knocks visually and verbally for the projects I am hopeful that this will achieve a worthy grade and I will take this onboard ready to think about next year.




Make Your Mark woes

Going in on the weekend to take my pieces out of the kiln and place them over the top of the backwashed slumps taken from a bowl I discovered a rather unexpected result.


For reasons I dont entirely know large bubbles have formed in both the pieces that have in a sense to me spoilt the work that went into cutting and fritting the pieces which im not going to lie upset me. Speaking to Martin he stated that it’s not something to my understanding that I have done wrong myself just one of those things that he himself knew can happen but wasn’t expecting it to happen with my pieces. Nevertheless everyone who has seen the pieces really liked the way they looked despite this and the fact the bubbles were not an intended result. So for exhibition im going to have two bowls, both seen in the pics but will have absoluetly no idea what they will look like or even what the finished result will be and  I wont be able to get the results of this till tuesday the day before deadline. Despite this im not dissapointed but worried what the look of the piece will be in exhibit and how everyone will perceive them but time will tell im just happy to have all of my pieces moving forward and to my understanding based on events everything in the sense of outcome content will be featured in the exhibition. Either way i look forward to what is to come.


Make Your Mark Website prototyping

Whilst waiting for my materials to hopeful actually be delivered this time I began to research into the possible methods of exhibiting my work digitally to promote the works that will be in exhibition for the deadline on the 1st June. Due to all my pieces not being ready yet putting images on the website and producing physical documentation cannot be done for the obvious reason. Before I show the evidence basically according to the requirements of the brief I must

  • The format of presenting my work in the sense of will it be a physical folder portfolio or a digital website portfolio or both if deemed suitable.
  • What format will I be presenting my work in a flyer, a web page or a business card or a combination of the three.

Taking this into consideration I researched free platforms on the Internet that specialise in website design and found loading screen

Loading screen. option screen

options page for purpose of website to find the best starting look. welcome screen

The copyrighted backdrop that will be altered and the original details. editing welcome screen

Editing evidence loading screen and options tab. finished welcome screen

Redesigning the title for my website. introduction screen screen

Introducing myself. BAMS screen

Discussing my outcomes and existing projects. under construction screen screen

Reconstructing pages. email screen screen

My accounts on social media links. contact screen

Contact reference point.

Now I have to find an image of my own to use for the backdrop that will be suitable and I will be ready to upload the finished pieces onto my website and be more professional on display.


Make Your Mark

For the first time in awhile a problem has come up that isn’t a fault from me personally but unfortunately does affect me. For my Make Your Mark piece I wanted to create something that I could demonstrate my skills by hand with and also translate skill digitally. For this project the digital aspect I suspect will be done after the piece is created as the piece is too complex to have made on rhino without the piece done by hand, which leads to the problem.

I’ve ordered the materials but due to some unknown mess up they were not delivered when they should have been and will have to wait even longer to come which means more work in a shorter period of time and do I really need something else to ice the cake no. While this error is sorted ive began to use my clay moulds that have now been bisqued  and backwashed to test the quality of the slumps that have come out and this is the evidence of this process.


top piece previously backwashed and glass kiln fired bottom piece ready to put in kiln


Piece kiln fired showing embedded detail with rough edges needed to be sanded


pieces in the beggining ready to fire

There are a few test pieces in the kiln that will hopefully come out tomorrow in the afternoon, but for the ones that have come out the level of detail is brilliant however I was hoping that there would have been more depth to the piece as only a slight depth has been achieved on the piece which is not so much a problem but means that I will have to double layer the cuts to get the desired shapes and colour consistency which involves ordering more material which may or may not at this point in time arrive, so I will have to discuss with Pip what the circumstances of this will mean for my grade and the content of the exhibition


3D Lamp

To cover more skills in preparation for summative I made a 3d model of the hopeful as close as can accurately be made model of my lamp. This proved to be quite a challenge to do involving Charlie nearly not having a clue about what I was trying to achieve but regardless we got there and these are the videos from my youtube channel.

Monday I am hoping to get a 3d model done in CNC if possible and Rhino if the machines are working as long as I can get one I will be okay for summative