Dissertation Hand – In

On Tuesday myself and my fellow makers and Cardiff Met School of Art and Design students will be handing in our drafts of our dissertations for formative assessment before the final deadline on January 24th. So far ive had difficulty starting and continuing the flow of the essay but I appear to have found my common ground and will present this idea to my tutor Martyn on the day and see whether this is doable or not and make any alterations and extra content ready for the deadline next year.


My Pitch

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This is my intended pitch presentation to my group for my ideas and hopes for the prototype deadline in December and the eventual deadline in May of next year which will pretty much be the end of my degree. Throughout my presentation I wanted to highlight some of the key parts so far such as the artists that have influenced me, past works, tests and artists that have produced work similar to my own and I hope to emulate in my own work throughout my final year. Below in order to in my mind make a cohesive presentation highlighting what each slide represented and how this was relevant and whose work was what image I bulleted pointed in notes and necessary details I needed to remember to give the best idea of the work.

  1. Introduction slide to pitch introducing the idea to the group with a focus on a more applied arts but physical function to the pieces I make intention.
  2. Artists of Influence :- Philippine Sowerby, Robert Coby, Andy Goldsworthy, J Paul Fennell,Gabriel Schama, Sidney Hutter.
  3. Prototype for the glassbox task.
  4. Maia Stern artist that uses glass as a jigsaw puzzle piece.
  5. Maia Stern artist work put together.
  6. Paul Lamond artist who makes functional and decorative jigsaw pieces.
  7. Sharon Richards ceramic sculpt artist and recent graduate of Cardiff metropolitan
  8. Experiments with surface of objects and 3D printing.
  9. Glass experiments with leaves and form.
  10. Exhibit pieces from last year.
  11. Leaves photographed.
  12. Pinecone studys and initial experimentation with shape.

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.




Defining Practice 500 words review

My two options for my field projects this year have affected my studies by making me more aware of the working world outside of the bubble of university and how the skills, processes and techniques I have learnt on Maker and the individual technicians with a bit of adjustment can be used in different surroundings, Work experience helped me see what it was like as a starting point in a prop making company and what they do on a daily basis and Faking It showed me what it would be like to work on a project with a live brief proposal attached and an outcome that will presented to the client, something that has helped me imagine and finetune when presenting an outcome to individuals who take interest in my work or commission me to produce a piece. My experience of these two projects can help me develop more control over the timescale of each aspect of undertaking a project which is something that I need to continue to improve upon as I progress, also my attention to detail will feed into my subject area to give me the best quality look of pieces not just for the outcomes I submit for exhibition but the outcomes I make as a propmaker as a freelance individual. Throughout the two experiences I have learnt many skills and have improved on working as a member of a team, the attention to detail and look of the pieces and how is best or what is best to use to get this look, as well as planning and the process that leads to setting up in exhibition or on location. For me the stand out experiences were the realness of the situation in the sense for Work Experience of what it is like to be inside a company that specialises in an area of making and what I would be able to contribute to this area as I grow older and develop these skills necessary plus what I need to do to achieve this given my interest in working as a freelance individual after graduation.For Faking IT the standout experiences of the project much like Work Experience was the realness of the project, being a live brief that can be undertaken with a end product result whilst still being an undergraduate and what It would be like to work with other individuals in the same position as myself but from different disciplines to come together to make a high quality outcome. Also being able to visit the behind the scenes aspect of the Wales Millennium Centre to see what the general public simply doesn’t see was an experience I will not forget any time soon and makes me want to get involved with more and more with companies to be able to expose myself to this way of thinking and doing. My individual strengths have changed after undertaking both these projects by making me believe more in myself that I can achieve great quality outcomes and individual pieces if I allow myself to grow and allow these processes to fall into place. And that my background as a Maker makes me just as qualified and valuable as someone with a more direct graduate level of thinking which was an unexpected bonus end of results which has made me less worried about my future upon graduation.


End of week breakdown

This week has seen quite a few things going on through practically all the projects in consideration to outcomes and the exhibit as follows

  • For Bams I need to do two more coats of molochite before burning out, bronze pouring and pettining the surface so far everything has gone to plan and I hope it will remain that way.
  • Make your mark may have a slight alteration in what will be presented in the exhibition at the moment only one of my moulds is done and will be ready to use early next week and the leaves are being bisque fired next week.
  • Faking it I am intending to collect the images I have of the set and professionally document them for the exhibit with a smaller model of the set on display with the other existing work
  • Work experience I will be doing the same, updating the PowerPoint I made for presenting in first time and contacts of potential future placement providers and how the processes of Maker will help me gain the skills in career possibilities such as Prop Making.
  • Delight in Light is waiting for materials to be delivered and in this time im experimenting with the materials available to show why the methods of making the piece have changed and evolved to meet the needs of the brief and safety requirements of a small child audience.

despite things taking turns every so often im confident i’ll have a large body of work in my books, blog and website by the deadline in the exhibit hopefully a few days before if im lucky.

Change of Plans

Given the shortening deadline and the problems that have been cropping up as they do with the projects and has made me rethink what I want to put in the exhibition for the end of second year Maker.

  • Faking It – For Faking it due to the size of the overall piece Pip has stated that a smaller scale copy of the piece would be more beneficial and along with these im redoing the characters and giving them their own individual stands in the exhibit which will help towards my modeling skills with Maker and Prop making for potential employment. after graduation.
  • Work Experience – For Work experience ive created a book that covers everything I did, saw and helped with whilst on placement as well as how I can while on Maker and with access to specialist equipment I can recreate these processes like a professional would  as well as evidence of contacting existing artists and prop related companies to help with my skills in props and quality control as well as the materials I use on Maker.

Delight in light and BAMS at this moment in time I am confident I can complete all of the goals I have set out to achieve and that were covered in the feedback sheets as areas of improvement.

Make Your Mark Tutorial rundown

Yesterday I had a talk with pip regarding the progress made with Make Your Mark ideas and outcomes. I briefly showed some of the ideas I had in rough form and the artists these ideas are influenced on and how these when coming to critique can link to one and other and why this relates to my individual practice and ideas for future outcomes.

Pip believed that I needed to be more complex with my ideas as the early studies that I had shown on the day showed detail and my ideas and means of ways to put these pieces together but there wasn’t enough on them and from a professional perspective you would look at the design now and in an exhibition it would practically look out-of-place. Pip stated that i needed to be more confident and really go for the ideas if I want to prove ive come back stronger than the events of first year.

Taking this into account I went over in my head the ideas and what I would potentially want to make and refined the ideas to make them look more professional. Hopefully along with the rest of the portfolio work for this project and the rest of the other projects there will be a large body of work that shows my skills as a maker but also as a props maker as im torn between two paths a material one and a more practical job related path, however I think that may be beneficial for the market that as a Maker I will be graduating into.