These are the sort of things that are going in my exhibition space. I feel like I ought to be putting up my artist statement to go with this pic but I dread reading it myself never mind exposing other people. If I feel brave enough I might put it up in my next blog post......
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
First I came across this shape from playing around with some broken laser cut pieces....
......and then I pierced it in copper and popped a bit of enamel on it.
With the first layer of flux, I completely forgot I had it in the kiln and so it got a little over cooked. Luckily I loved the green red that occurred as a result. It's a shame that I couldn't leave it like this because it was too fragile.
However, if it wasn't for the overcooking I wouldn't have gotten this lovely translucent pink and green surface with further layers. I love happy accidents!!
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Thursday, 8 March 2012
It's only a humble little copper sample but its MY copper sample and I'm going to keep it forever and ever!!
Wire was wrapped around a blank and manipulated with pliers to get the tension right before putting it through the roller. I could then treat it like a cloisonné piece and put enamel within the walls that the wire created. After firing it was then ground back to reveal the copper wire again. I could have fired and pickled it once more to get the gloss back but I prefer it matt. The combination of trapped air and over firing give little rusty coloured bubbles around the wire, and discolours the white opaque enamel to give green edging. to a professional enameller I would assume that these characteristics would be considered mistakes, but to me they are what makes the piece beautiful.
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
These books are the work towards the Necklace final samples that I posted up not so long ago.
laser cut cover with veneer inlay, acetate was glues to the back to give a bit more strength. this one is larger than A3
artist research book, 21cm square
For this project I went to Bradgate Park, Leicester, nicked a few pieces of wood and took LOADS of pictures of barks and knots in trees. These images became the basis of my drawings and final idea.
Monday, 5 March 2012
Sunday, 4 March 2012
Laser cut wood veneer each colour represents a different material, enamelled copper, wood veneer and silver.
Etched nickel, wood veneer and enamelled copper
These are the final samples for the project just gone. Although I have learned a lot about enamelling, which is possibly one of my favourite processes, it hasn't exactly been one of my favourite assignments. I thought that I was going to do jewellery as part of the final exhibition but one thing that I have found out about myself is that I'm too commercially inclined when it comes to body adornment, and I would find it difficult to get beyond that for my final project. I think I will keep it as a hobby from now on.....
Saturday, 3 March 2012
First steps towards final exhibition piece. I don't know if an enamelled surface would suit these pieces so thought I'd better take pictures before it potentially goes horribly wrong. I can't work out whether I prefer the samples or the shadows they make.