In preparation for Third year and exhibiting our work for professional companies,clients among others and such the pressure of finding an opening in the market to fill is more on than ever before, On friday Ingrid who controls the final year of the course recommends as much exposure to work that you can get and travel if possible to give you the best chance in third year and the best possible work you can achieve in the working world.
Straight away locally to Cardiff there are several places all Makers can visit such as
- Craft In The Bay
- Made By Hand(October to November)
- 100% Design
These are among a few and visits to local or further afield universities may help with the process. Overall i dont want to leave with the grade I have and dont want to stay with the possibility of getting the same grade at the end but next year the criteria of marking changes again so what I will be marked on partially falls into constellation so if I can get a good mark in both constellation and Maker ill get a grade I deserve in third year now the case is finding the means to give me the best chance to achieve this. Which isnt going to be easy regardless of the grades achieved so far
Now that second year is over I now have time to reflect on the past two years :-
- First year was great and introduced me to many new materials and techniques but in the end results highlighted worries over the (Ideas) not reaching full potential and more development in the research aspects needed including links to artists. Context has highlighted that the final location of my pieces isn’t fully realised and has more potential but this is a learning curve that can improve with time. Skills has highlighted that I have learnt a lot of skills and tried to apply them but the end results dont fully resemble this.
Overall the feedback highlighted concerns over all three categories but all three can be solved with simple solutions :-
- Skills isn’t so much a problem due to the quality of the final pieces being below par due to time restraints so further development of time is needed and of the skills evidence wise in the books.
- Context can benefit on looking deeper and further evidence of where my pieces would sit in the artist world.Also speaking to other artists that work in the mediums and interest areas would be of great benefit and maybe another person/s interpretation may help me on my own.
- Ideas hasn’t really been a problem I tend to create pieces that fulfill a purpose such as a bowl so that if they dont work for the purpose they were intended then the idea hasn’t fully worked and a different approach is necessary.
Second year has seen the same areas improving but not at a pace that my tutors are not concerned about and the fear of a 3rd qualification at graduation is hanging over but many have said that regardless of the grade you get that doesnt decide what you can achieve in life as people who have got lower grades can even top those who get the highest grade on the market in the real world.
Much like last year the familiar end has come, in retrospect this year has highlighted a few dents in the armor of my work on Maker that need to be corrected in Third year and beyond but nothing that is substantially a major red warning concern but will be if its not addressed.
Todays tutorial with Pip highlighted the three areas and the feedback in relation to these on the subject modules on field but no comments have been said about the books or the blog although this may come at a later point or be mentioned in feedback email but this is the feedback in relation to the three criterias fundamental to Artist Designer Maker in my interpretation of how feedback described them
- Skills – the techniques, processes and approaches to making in the final and experimental pieces leading to exhibition and sketchbook and blog evidence.
The evidence of these skills is shown but the quality of the final pieces unfortunately goes against me but shows that more time management is needed and confidence that a high level of quality can be achieved.
Context – the idea and meaning behind the piece and where it would sit in the world.
- The evidence does show that I have thought a lot about where the pieces would be found and end up but some of the evidence does not fully highlight this to the best way possible or confuse the meaning behind.
Ideas – the reason this piece exists and the methods and meaning behind them.
- The ideas are there and are of standard but execution seems to go against and more evidence of the practical and procedures in place should something go wrong needs to be highlighted more.
Obviously to still have problems like this is a worrying thing and when your own tutors are emphasising how you feel it sort of doesn’t need to be said what the atmosphere of the room is but i strongly believe that you must see things through to the end as life doesn’t get any easier and just because things aren’t working now doesnt mean thats how they always will be, I Just have to decide what it is I want to do and fight to the end to make sure my tutors support it as you have to meet the criteria but you also have to do what you want to otherwise whats the point in trying to better yourself if you wont allow or have the confidence to go with what you want.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having successfully completed my second attempt of the medal I am really pleased with the results and being able to colour the bronze and have it on display has been a long awaited moment.
With the first model attempt it was sizably bigger and put together in a short rush moment of time which didn’t help the process and wasted a lot of time. Plus I was unable to remove some of the ceramic shell from the piece due to the quality of the mould surface having holes in it that weren’t covered before the first layer of liquid went on and after the first layer is on there is nothing you can do
with the second medal there was a change of tactic this time around I cast a circular piece to use as the plain template of the medal, the lettering along the side remained the same, the tree part was a recast of the old mould and the fingers that were originally cast from my own were cast again but carved away to avoid material getting caught between the fingers which was one of the major problems last time. This being the final result:-
Im pleased with both of the outcomes but im really glad that the second piece came out without any ceramic shell stuck on it, plus the blackened tone which can be made lighter with a bit of wire wool really makes the bark imprint of the study stand out. The message of the medal was that as a student we are all here to give ourselves a better chance or move us in the right direction to where we see ourselves in 5, 10 and 15 years time. The original idea was to make the imagery send the message of Sustainability which has still been achieved however I feel the piece focuses on the journey as students we are undertaking in the sense that the leaf represents us trying to grow into that dream ideology look of our future self and the hand can either be planting the seed or tearing it up meaning that you can make your future but you can also destroy it.