Attempting to make plaques

Aside

A few weeks ago I attempted to make a plaque, I’m glad I did as I’ve learnt how to make a decent one now through trial and error. So now I can make the plaque I wish to create for my city project without many hiccoughs.

The most important thing is to make sure you let your object air evenly if you want the surface to dry flat and evenly: a drying rack is essential for this. Well I’m not one to have a tile drying rack hanging around so I used a mini cooling rack from my kitchen! It works perfectly! I also flipped the object over whenever I could remember (not too often obviously- probably, if I was in uni for 5 hours I’d flip it every hour) and when it was dry enough not to distort it with my fingers.

As you can see the unfired one- I used sanded buff clay- has warped so I didn’t bother firing this one as the clay could be reclaimed.  The other one, clearly has been raku fired. Annoyingly it was dropped when it was taken out of the kiln. This is quite common with raku and it’s just something I’ve prepared for when making pieces- I just can’t be too precious with them. If something breaks, I just need to get to it and make another, better one or embrace the ‘brokeness’

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Cardiff at night

Just a few photos I’ve taken of Cardiff city over the last month. The one thing they have in common is that they’ were all taken at night-time…

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Walking alongside the river and millennium stadium. These lights look like struck matches.

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Walking back home, took this picture whilst moving, so it’s got quite a blurry background, yet the sign is very clear.

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Although the quality of this photo is shocking- mainly due to the dirty window I took it through- it shows the chocablock car park outside my uni halls: this was after Wales v Scotland Six Nations.

End of a chapter, start of new one

Final notes about our group project, including a quick drawing (from left) of Jodie, myself and Sarah with hazard tape restricting us!

Final notes about our group project, to discuss during our presentation. I also wrote down our feedback from Natasha and Gareth (our tutors for the Field aka group project) We have been advised to come to a final outcome as we each had slightly a different idea (as illustrated in the other pictures below): ideally we want one final, strong proposal. But they were impressed with our group work- I think this was reflected in our presentation anything we contributed to the project was normally achieved by working together at other arranged times as well as Field sessions on Tuesday mornings. Also, I nearly forgot- this is a quick drawing (from left) of Jodie, myself and Sarah with hazard tape restricting us!

As it’s a Friday (well Friday night/Sat morn) and the start of the weekend I thought I’d better do a blog post about our wonderful city project team and how well we worked together. We’ve done our group project presentation and we’ve have our feedback and there’s definitely room for improvement. But I feel like I haven’t shown you all our teamwork that lead up to this. I really loved working as a group… we’ve got to know each other better and learnt a lot more about what our disciplines (Ceramics, Designer-Maker, Illustration and Fine Art) offer from a teamwork perspective. It was great how we could meet in a relaxed way as we all live in close proximity of each other. I’d literally say-“want to meet up for a cuppa  round mine to discuss the next step etc…” Even though the project is coming to a close, I still want to see more of Sarah, Jodie and Rossy… As it happens we’re in the same lecture group (constellation) so I can catch up with them then.

My rough design of a possible outcome of our Restriction Project

My rough design of a possible outcome of our Restriction Project. We would place cardboard boxes across Chippy Lane- sorry- Caroline Street- at night time. They are moveable and low so people can still see across them. These would be placed on the street at night time between the hours of 10pm-4am. I think it would be an intriguing social experiment and interesting art to observe people’s reactions to this blockage after a night on the lash!

From clockwise- Sarah-Morgan Arcade filled with boxes, Jodie- a park in Cardiff’s pathways blocked with hazard equipment and Rossy’s- a car barrier infront of a pedestrian entrance

Discussing one’s ideas

Recently I had a great group tutorial- there were 5 of us speaking about what we wanted to do for our individual city projects.

It really helped me realise what it was I actually want to create: talking through my ideas, listening to people’s thoughts about what I intend to do. And I found I learnt a lot by contributing to discussions about other people’s work.

After I spoke about my concept I wrote down in note from what I had said, plus Duncan and other people's thoughts about it

After I spoke about my concept I wrote down in note form what I had said, plus Duncan and other people’s thoughts about it. The sketch of a plaque was taken from http://baldwinhamey.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/burst-steam-pipe/, an interesting post about the tragic death of a workman who then had tiles made to commemorate his bravery which then went up on a memorial wall in Postmans Park to bring to light the unsung heroes of London.

I’ve spoke about how I want to play on the serious nature of signs; to subverse them. Originally I wanted to look at the signage on doors and how they get misinterpreted- maybe due to a spelling mistake or the colour (making it seem more or less significant than reality) but that’s evolved into taking an authoritative sign and mixing up the letters from the warning or direction, breaking up the diagrams that are on the signs into separate shapes. It’s about subconsciously making the ordinary different. Most importantly I’d like to see if people notice. Just like I noticed a “lonely tile” once (check out my Walking through London post)

People watching

I drew this yesterday, whilst I was looking to the city from my flats’ window. I like doing quick sketches as I want to capture the moment, it’s a race against time with a pen. The faster I draw the more anonymous the people are!

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Recently, for my city project research I’ve looked at English delftware tiles and plaques. I’ve been inspired by the blue and white designs and I’d like to experiment sketching drawings such as my quick people watching sketches onto ceramic pieces, starting with tiles.