Made By Hand 2016/Subject Research Level 6

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

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.

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Glass vessels

Due to friction in the material or something of that sorts in the bonding process large bubble holes appeared in both of the bowl sheet pieces I made 20160528_152458[1]20160528_152512[1] Due to time restrictions this would have to be an acceptable factor to work around and find ways to solve this in the future. next in order to keep on track and get the shape of the vessel as close as I can to the slip cast, I placed the two pieces on top of the bisque cast bowls and set the kiln to make a slump to capture the shape of the piece


Over the weekend this would heat up and slump to shape given the unpredictability of the process  and this was the finished result out of the kiln


If im being honest im not really sure whether im happy with the outcome of the piece as I wanted it to be exact to the slump mould which was the point of the process. However due to the amount and variation in size of the leaves this would most likely not happen and as shown it didn’t happen. But looking back now that what’s happened has happened and based on the feedback from my fellow makers this seems better even though to me this looks lesser quality.


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


Clay moulds (Make Your Mark)


Following on from the moulds I made yesterday embedding leaves in clay I spoke to Martin regarding the next stage of the development of this outcome with the intention of making a bowl vessel shape. He was quite pleased about the quality of the pieces shown and recommended I get them fired as soon as it is possible hopefully by Thursday for backwashing and putting in a kiln for glass slumping after being bisqued. For the moment I need to concentrate on etching out the details so they’re more visually noticeable and order the suitable colour frits from Creative Glass an online glass supplies store and test things out to see what works and what doesn’t. Im pleased with the progress and will now work on dealing with the other criteria of the brief and other projects while I wait for materials to be delivered and pieces to be fired.

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.

Make your Mark project Review

With time running short ive decided to create 2 series of four objects, one being a series of four bowl vase outcomes and the other being vessels for light for tables and the possibility of being attached to the wall. This is as far as i have got but will be looking into further exploration.

Medal in The Bay

After setting up in the Bay For Touch Trust I popped over to Craft in the Bay to see the display for the medals. Most of Maker knows that I was really upset about the finalised piece and the fact that the ceramic shell was still stuck in after several sandblasts but it was reasonably ready for display. After visiting I checked on the website for craft in the bay after seeing one of my friends from Maker post a picture of her medal from the Craft in the Bay website, and surprise surprise mine was one of the pictures up there I certainly wasn’t expecting that especially in comparison to the quality of those others in the exhibition but I wont argue with that so wahoo for me. Plus to actually see them in exhibition after all the things going on in uni feels rewarding that we made it to the end eventually.

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Craft in the Bay exhibition statement 

Individual interpretations of medals, created by Second Year students studying on the Artist Designer: Maker course at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University. The work was made in response to the British Art Medal Society’s Annual Student Medal Project and is just one of the live briefs students undertake in their second year.

With access to a broad range of materials and equipment the students have explored and developed skills in bronze casting, 3D printing, ceramics, laser cutting in wood, metal and paper.

The Artist Designer: Maker course has making at its heart, allowing students to engage with practices drawn from a broad spectrum of creative disciplines including art, design and craft. The work displays the combination of traditional skills and the use of new technologies that is part of what makes this course so unique and exciting. Bridging the gap between traditional skills and new technologies, students work in a myriad of ways, including producing work for batch production, bespoke one-off pieces or manufacture.

We see evidence of concept and craft coming together in these small hand held sculptural artefacts.

A broad range of, skills, techniques and processes have been explored by the students in pursuit of their own vocabulary of making including:

metal – casting in bronze, and pewter, digital fabrication employing 3D scanning and printing, 3D digital modelling and laser cutting.

Themes include:

gender and equality, psychology, nature, growth and the journey, ecosystems and sustainability, fragility and protection, materiality, geometry and mathematics, the personal and the political.