My Work in Progress

Pain from spinal spasms

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Extreme Weight Loss

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Fighting Depression

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Pressure of uni work 

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These are the unfired hares that I have made so far. Each hare is made with a black stoneware clay. I still am basing these off of the porcelain dogs from St Fagans. The reason that I chose to use black clay though rather than brilliant white porcelain was because I am trying to protest against the typical kitsch. I want to change the experience of viewing home ceramics by changing the innocent sweet looking porcelain to a much darker and deeper black clay. I also feel that by changing this I can also connect to a different audience.

Each figure I have made has been positioned in a way thats tied to my sickness. I used that to model my work because it was very heavy on my mind during the first few weeks of uni. I ended up missing a lot of time out from uni because of this so i thought why not document the issues that I have gone through.

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Jean-Francois Gambino

 

Jean Francois Gambino is a french artist born in Paris in 1966.

His work is so beautiful and very unique. The textures that he uses is very interesting. I find with figurative work that sculptures with an interesting feature is a lot more eye catching for me and with these pieces I feel that there is a lot to look at and that Jean Francois has a talent for working the imagination of his viewers.

Catrin Howell

I really like the ideology behind Catrin Howells work. She uses the narratives of animals to present her work. She likes both the ancient and contemporary view of them and then incorporates those views into her figures. I love the delicateness of her work and find that her animals look quite solemn. I also think that the clays and oxides that she uses together give off this really simple yet effective. Her designs are not too over complicated but are still beautiful in their simplicity.

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The hollow eyes of the deer adds mystery to the designs I think. I also like her placement of them in this photo. I like the look of development of the antlers from the left throughout to the right. It shows that this picture highlights the importance of placement.

 

Gin Durham

The first artist I chose to look at is Gin Durham. She bases her work off of old folklore and nursery rhymes. She says she is “drawing on an imagination which has been shaped by treasured tales and imagery which I have translated into figurine and vessel based work”

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I really admire her work. I also found that she uses gold highlights on her figures. I think that the gold adds to the fairy tail imagery and also a slight lining of her imagination.

Kitsch

I plan to base this project around the porcelain dog figures I saw in St Fagans but I am going to put my own twist on them. I actually don’t like the dogs themselves as objects but I like the meaning behind them. As I looked into the history behind the porcelain dogs I noticed that they were a sign of wealth or give the image of wealth being that the dog breed was a spaniel and admired by royalty. I would like my work to look just as rich and have a wealthy feel about them but Im going to put my own twist on it.

I really don’t like the kitsch designs of the little spaniels. I find them kind of off putting, mostly in the way that their faces are glazed. They are always manufactured in the same position and even though they’re hand crafted and glazed so each model is different yet I still find them extremely repetitive. I think that the simple glazing on the white body looks quite basic. Nothing stands out on these dogs yet they were still so popular. I do however like the one finishing touch, the gold collar and chains. that is what I really want to focus on during this project.

Victorian Porcelain dogs

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Last week we were given the opportunity to look around St Fagans and search for artefacts that would fit the criteria of our task given. I decided that the artefact that caught my eye the most was decorative pieces and that was a collection of porcelain figures and plates in a little minors home. The collection caught my eye because I thought  it looked really out of place. The home itself was basically a small dingy room, poorly lit with three bed areas partially separated and lodged around five or six people. The household was obviously poor working class so I thought the decorative clean and delicate porcelain seemed odd. This made me curious  so I have decided to take a deeper look into these pieces.

First the dog figurines. These dogs were mostly manufactured in Staffordshire potteries and were commonly king Charles Spaniels. They would have been always found in pairs and mainly placed on top of a mantlepiece. Other breeds of dog were also produced but it was the king Charles that were most popular as they were favoured by royalty. The original figures would have been hand decorated so there were no identical designs and each dog would have had a finishing gold chain around its neck. The popularity of these porcelain pooches was mostly due to queen Victoria owning a king Charles spaniel in the 1840’s and the manufacturing of them lasted all throughout her rein.