Exhibition set up on the day of the drawing symposium, we set it up like this because we thought it works creating a relationship between the 3D and the 2D also creating a story and giving a feel about the figure and the drawing. my favourite part about the whole set up is the run of paper running over the plinth and having that fluid connection of the three dimensional and the drawing and the also the dress seeming to come to life as it hangs off the board but still with all its delicacy.
we aslo had the chance to have a talk off christie Brown who gave us an insight into her practice and studio practice, which was a fantastic opportunity to have and we also had a talk of Richard Heeley who also talked about his practice and showed us the relationship between his on sight drawings and his 3d pots, he then went on and shown us a demonstration of throwing a porcelain pot and then also showing us how to make a foot on a leather hard pot, he also showed us some glazes that he uses on his pots and the mixes that he uses to get the colour he wants, he normally uses a blue glaze to create a stark contrast against the white of the porcelain, i found his talk and demonstration very interesting and found i learnt quite a lot.
Preparing for the drawing symposium exhibition in the reception space of the school, we look at different way of arranging the exhibition in a way that there was a good mix between drawing and 3D work, we thought of draping paper over a plinth and then arranging the 3D objects amongst the drawings to create a pleasing set up that worked with the viewers eye.
In our next session of field we worked of doing slab building, we were giving templates and then had to make them into legs, i found doing this technique very good as i enjoyed using this and would enjoy using this way of working again in future work. making the feet i found very interesting to do as i never used clay to make something of the figure and found using this technique very insightful.
from the forms and head that we made in previous sessions, we drew because had an independent study, i used charcoal because i like the effect that the marks make as i find its really gestural and could get good shading within the sketches and pick up the movement of the forms really well. i liked drawing out the 3D forms as i found it interesting the way i found my hand and arms moving whilst drawing.
we made a head with the picking technique, taught by Claire Caureen. we had to take small pieces of clay and pick them onto the next to make up the basic structure of the head and then create small gestures as to where the features are, i purposely left the eyes very blank and as i wanted to create head with no connection to anyone and leave it quite blank. i then added slip onto it to add another element onto it, i drew into the slip to bring in more of the figurative into the structure, overall i found working with the pinch technique quite hard after a while, as i found it was quite repetitive and the clay was very soft so the structure kept caving in and breaking. i would use this technique again much on a smaller scale and with firmer scale.
In this workshop with my field module, we worked with paper clay and building up a figurative form by rolling the paper clay out thinly between two pieces of fabric so that would soak up some of the moisture that was left in the clay, after the clay was leather hard we formed the clay into a figurative form. as you can see i resembled most of my forms to the legs and the pelvis area of the body. I enjoyed doing this i found it interesting to learn about how i handle a different type of clay.
Second part of day three, week one (previous post) we had a lecture/seminar with Claire Curneen talking about various ceramic artists and then giving us a talk about her own practice and an insight on the materials she uses. some of the artists we looked at were
- Xavier Toubes, I like with his work that is not “perfect” and that it has lumps and bumps and rough edges which reminds me thats exactly what human beings are like, his work isn’t exact and a face or head wouldn’t look like his ceramics but i like that they’re abstract and not exact because i think that makes them more interesting and draws you into it more.
- Philip Eglin, He uses thrown away bottles to make his art works which i like the idea of a lot, i also like the way the bottle has imprinted on to the clay so there is ways that you can still see the bottles still left behind in his ceramic works.
we then had an insight of the work Claire does and i found the background of her work very interesting as she links it to saints and martyrdom of the catholic religion, porcelain is her main medium and then uses blue glazes to create a high contrast between the clean white of the porcelain and the stark blue, on most of her works she uses a gold glaze that adds intimacy and wonder.