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.





PORTFOLIO coverage

In the growing market of makers of different backgrounds, ages and training the competition for selling, displaying and commissions is a tough market to break into however if you theres something that you really want in life giving up when it gets hard will only leave you regretting what could have been rather than enjoying what would have come.

As well as the prototype website I am Making to display all my works this year and any other pieces I make from this point onward I also tried my hand at designing a rough business card for display in the exhibition, At this point I’m not sure whether spending money on something that is going to be completely augmented next year is worth it at this point, and the likelyness of anyone picking up a card in the gallery and visiting next year isn’t very likely to look professional.

business card template

For a first attempt at making a business card im really pleased with the results and with my other pieces now complete and on display after the talk with my tutors Huw and Pip I will mention what I am intending to do and why certain things may be missing or not enough content of when the time comes. Regardless of what happens in the next few hours im happy to have reached the end and finished to extent all my pieces to exhibit which didn’t happen last year and i’ll take onboard what has been said and what needs to be improved in order to achieve the best I possibly can in third Year, although im not really sure what the talk today will cover and whether i’ll find out if ive done good or bad.


Darrington Crystal

Over the summer term holidays ive booked a workshop that allows me to have a go at glassblowing a glass drinking vessel. Given the dangers and the price of the process the majority of facilities that can hold and use these processes are situated in America but there are a few in the uk that are sole traders and producers in this process. Glassblowing is a process that interests me mainly because once you’ve got a vast amount of experience under your belt the limits you can achieve are only limited to whether the material will allow you to and whether it will withstand it.

darrington page 1darrington page 2

I’m looking forward to what the experience will hold and whether I make a success or muck of it i’ll be able to see what it is like on a daily basis for those that work as glassblowers.

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.



Who am I is a good question. As a Maker I feel that although my making by hand isn’t as strong as it could be I feel more comfortable working this way than I do with technological aspects and skills. My passion comes from the influence of shape and nature around me and deep meanings in relation to this are what I try to bring across in my work. I feel my works aim is to bring the outdoors indoors in the sense of nature in the environment which is ironic as most of the materials as a maker you use come from destroying a part of the natural forms around you. My passion as a professional is to make pieces that are functional, individual and combine the skills necessary to make well by hand and force me to develop the skills that I lack in technological respects, And also Prop making both of which I feel I have shown to the best of my ability given circumstances in the exhibition this year.

Moving forward I look to challenge myself but not overload myself with work that relates to nature and symbolise the fluidity and the natural natures of the materials I use. I also want to revisit past failures and work on correcting them and further problems as they come. Towards the future I would like to see myself as a freelance Maker that has a variety of knowledge other several materials and a Prop maker freelancer gaining new experiences and new challenges regularly

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 wix.com

wix.com loading screen

Loading screen.

wix.com option screen

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

wix.com welcome screen

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

wix.com editing welcome screen

Editing evidence loading screen and options tab.

wix.com finished welcome screen

Redesigning the title for my website.

wix.com introduction screen screen

Introducing myself.

wix.com BAMS screen

Discussing my outcomes and existing projects.

wix.com under construction screen screen

Reconstructing pages.

wix.com email screen screen

My accounts on social media links.

wix.com 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.