For this first term we have been given a project brief of designing a bowl to be exhibited in Llantarnam Grange. This project brief has given me the opportunity to develop my own skills aiding towards a personal style and unique outcome within my practice. This has lead me to design and create a bowl that takes on gestures of an anthropomorphic form. The hand building process I prefer to use within my work is coil building. Over the term I have found that this coiling technique helps give shape to an organic form as its quite a primitive way of building. The slow process of building upwards in coils allows me to form unique shapes and movements within my ceramic work, an undulating movement throughout the form of my bowls that adds to the appearance of a figurative form. The surface of my bowl was created through the addition of porcelain slip which was then saggar fired with the combustible materials of banana peel, saw dust and cabbage leaves. I was hoping these materials would leave fleshy toned marks on my bowl but it left my piece with a soft smoky effect that was more subtle than what I was hoping for but still had an almost skin like texture and surface colour.
My work approaches the functional ware that is a bowl and turns that form into a sculptural and decorative piece. My work involves bringing the sculptural ideology to studio pottery. I want to bring my bowls to life through the embodiment of the human figure without my work being an accurate representation of the body. I want my bowls to still be recognisable as studio pottery pieces. Throughout this project I was influenced by artists such as Jennifer Lee and Tina Vassopulus. These artists work in a similar way as I do being that they take organic forms and merge them with vessel forms. Jennifer Lee’s work looks more upon the surrounding landscape. Her vessel forms consist of earthy tones and aquatic blues suggesting a serene landscape within her cast forms. Tina Vassopulus is another hand builder. She hand builds pieces expressing energy of a latent nature that suggests a more bodily approach to the sculptures forms.
I would like to use what knowledge I have gained throughout this bowl project to develop my work for the future. I would like to look more into relationships and how they can be interpreted through the forms of my ceramic pieces. I would also like to develop the bodily form of the pot itself. I could practice both of these points by making many vessel forms during the next term. These forms will be similar to the bowl I created for Llantarnam Grange but much more scaled down. With the forms being on a smaller scale I will be able to make them in better time and more sufficiently as coil building is quite a slow process. This will also help with my time management skills which I need to work on as I am constantly finding myself rushing towards the end of projects and handing in work that is not up to my true potential.