Sunday, 24 June 2012

Degree Show 

Now that everything is completed, I finally have time to update everything. 
For the past week De Montfort held its degree show. Our course had quite a successful evening on the preview night, with two glass awards being presented to two of our students, (Alex Pearce and Louisa Flinch). Additionally we had an award given to a textile student that went on to selling a large quantity of her hand stitch work.
The show ran for just under a week and in that time I had a good feedback with some helpful comments. Mostly the advice was in reference to its functionality. (or lack of)
So with that as a starting point to my next chapter in life I have closed of my time at University and am starting back in Oxford creating new designs.
My new work will still roll on with the concept of mixed metal and smoke media, with the reference to minimalism, and the Japanese tea ware, but taking a more design based application.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Successful degree show

 So its coming to the end of the Degree Show. Its been a really good experience. All thought currently as it stands I have not sold anything, i'm staying optimistic. 
Already I have evaluated some of the comments so far and have started to design my previous work to become more functional. Hoping this will spark more of an interest. (I need to find my market )
  I am hoping to add some photos of the degree show shortly. My camera is currently inaccessible as I locked it in a friends cupboard (ooops!!!) 
 I am feeling a lot more relaxed away from the pressure of university and have started some really exciting work. I have recently meet some exciting people and this has sparked some motivation and inspiration. So time to crack on and get going !!!!

Now to get the work space finished and find a kiln !!!!! 

List of things to do: 

  1.  move back to oxford
  2. clear and set up my small shed studio
  3. find some exciting opportunities
  4. JOB !!!!!! (this really should be the top of the list hehehe) 

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Victoria Turner

Being home from uni usually sparks the feeling of a holiday... however being so close to deadline I have noticed I have been more creative and inspired then usual. I spent the afternoon with family. A young cousin of mine in particular who has been interested in art for a while, has recently become engulfed in photography. Being only 13, like most at her age a career doesn't seem important but she has an amazing talent and I could see her being very successful. She currently works with a Nikon digital bridge camera.

Puddle - Victoria Turner (age 13)

Friday, 4 May 2012

Up and Coming work (degree work)

I am currently working on  my degree piece.
The inspiration for my work stems from my research into Japanese tea bowls. I initially looked at the idea of producing a contemporary tea bowl but after some further development, I became more interested in the thought and criteria behind them. The Japanese teach the idea of imperfection and simplicity. Taking a modern look into this I wanted to produce a piece of work that showed this imperfection in a more unique way. I came up with the concept of the tilt.
Instead of the bowl being made with imperfections within the clay body, I made bowls that sit off angle to express this imperfection. I wanted my bowls to be made with eve thickness and have a weight of some kind or and accessory that created the tilt. this keeps the bowl itself pure and simplistic. This is why I introduced metalwork to do this. This developed into functional spoons and additional bowls.

2nd year work

Alongside my degree piece I hold an interest in Raku firing.
During my 2nd year I created a number of small pieces. They are inspired on my response to a brief based on archaeology. I liked the idea of creating pieces of small treasures that could be found in the ground.

Each of the pieces were developed with a surface taken from broken pavements outside my ceramics block. I choose to use this surface as I wanted to trap a memory within the pieces. These pieces were used within my 2nd year exhibition called Collate.
During this exhibition I displayed these pieces within a case to give the impression of a museum setting.